Photo: Magic Breakfast founder, Carmel McConnell, being interviewed on
Sky News about the introduction of Universal Infant Free School Meals.
2nd September, 2014
The Government is publicising the start of its Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) initiative today. This means that, from the start of this term, all children in the first three years of state school will receive a healthy, free school lunch.
Announcing the roll-out of UIFSM this morning the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, described the scheme as being “massively important” and he said that he particularly wanted to reach the 4 in 10 children living in poverty, but not currently eligible for Free School Meals.
At Magic Breakfast we know there are thousands of children in this country who do not get enough food or who, conversely, have diets too high in salt, sugar and fat. As a result their health and education suffers.
UIFSM, one of many School Food Plan initiatives, is great news, giving a delicious and nutritious school lunch to all infants. Magic Breakfast welcomes this step and also the new Government school breakfast programme which we are delighted to have been chosen to deliver as part of the School Food Plan.