Magic Breakfast today welcomed the statement by the Secretary of State for Education on the introduction of revised school food standards, as part of the School Food Plan. In particular the charity supports a new emphasis on clear, easy to implement food standards, right across the whole school day. Harriet Green, Magic Breakfast programme manager and leading school food nutritionist said
“We know that nutritious school food has a positive impact on children's health and their ability to concentrate and therefore make the most of their lessons. These standards will help school children, and with the most important lessons taking place in the morning, Magic Breakfast believes a nutritious and healthy school breakfast is an important part of the revised standards”.
The charity has long argued for school food standards across the school day, to ensure that all school meals provide children with the right energy and nutrition to fuel their learning. The revised standards announced today, do so in a way that allows the school to write their own menus and potentially be more creative in the nutrition offered. Magic Breakfast Founder, Carmel McConnell is part of the School Food Plan expert panel which agreed these standards. She said
“this is a very positive aspect of the whole School Food Plan, and very good news for all schools. Ideally, school breakfasts would have been more clearly highlighted as over a million children have breakfast in school, and up to a million children arrive at school too hungry or malnourished to learn. So ensuring all schools know about the revised standards for breakfast and lunch is incredibly important. In the 250 schools we currently support, we know that 8,500 children are more able to concentrate with our healthy breakfast provision. As the national school breakfast leaders, we look forward to using these standards as we work with our Department of Education partners on School Food Plan breakfast delivery”.
Magic Breakfast has been providing partner schools with healthy breakfasts and support for over a decade and have produced practical advice for schools to use, for example on portion size for clubs. Harriet Green added
“A healthy and balanced diet for a child should consist of plenty of fruits and vegetables, plenty of unrefined starchy foods, some meat, fish eggs, beans and other non-dairy sources of protein, some milk and dairy foods and a small amount of food and drink high in fat, sugar and/or salt. These revised food based standards will ensure that school caterers are able to implement the right combination of these foods to meet the nutritional requirements of children in a clear and concise format. Most importantly, the revised standards will be easier to apply, while allowing the flexibility for schools to be creative in devising healthy, tasty menus for pupils across the whole school day”.
For more information, please go to the School Food Plan website www.schoolfoodplan.com
About Magic Breakfast
Magic Breakfast is dedicated to ensuring every child starts their school day with the right breakfast as fuel for learning. The charity feeds more than 8,500 children in 252 primary schools across England.
Magic Breakfast is in an active recruitment phase, looking to help 184 new schools set up breakfast clubs by the start of the Autumn term 2014. To be eligible for assistance and free food for a year, these schools should have no existing breakfast club and more than 35% of their pupils should be eligible for Free School Meals. The funding for the new wave of breakfast clubs has been awarded to Magic Breakfast by the Department for Education as part of the independently run School Food Plan.
For more information please visit: www.magicbreakfast.com
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