LACA gives verdict on school meals blueprint

LACA, the professional body representing the school food industry, has given its response to the new School Food Plan conceived by Leon Restaurant owners Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent.

As reported yesterday, the catering equipment supply chain looks set to benefit from the blueprint as it includes a range of measures to drive up standards and divert some of the £1 billion that parents currently spend on packed lunches back into the system.

LACA’s national chair, Anne Bull, said: “LACA is pleased that the School Food Plan process has focused attention on the vital role of school food in child development and improving educational attainment. LACA particularly welcomes the empathise on increased uptake of school meals and the role everyone has to play in ensuring a holistic approach in providing good food.”

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As the professional body representing the school food industry, Bull added that LACA was committed to being “actively involved” in the implementation of the plan.

One of the actions in the plan includes a £16m cash injection from the Department for Education over the next two years to increase the uptake of school meals.

LACA said that it would urge the Education Secretary to address the following points as priorities:

– Food standards must be applicable to all schools in England and not just the state maintained schools.

– Food standards must be mandatory in regulation format for all schools.

– School food must be included in the OFSTED inspection report for all schools in England.

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