UIFSM: the Queen’s speech
Following the Queen’s speech today, we are heartened that the Conservative pledge to discontinue Universal Infant Free School Meals was not included in the announcement. This was the least popular pledge in the Conservative manifesto, and our schools, parents, and caterers have been vocal in expressing their disapproval with our survey, finding 80% of schools are ‘very concerned’ about the potential withdrawal.
We need Universal Infant Free School Meals now more than ever. An investment in school meals is not only an investment in child health – essential when one in five children is obese by the time they finish primary school – it is an investment in educational attainment, a financially viable catering service, and a culture of healthy eating.
We wanted to reassure you that we will not give up our fight to save the policy until we know for certain that Universal Infant Free School Meals are safe and thank you for all of your support so far.
The Government must now commit to a rigorous long term evaluation of the health, educational, and social benefits resulting from the policy. It must ensure that schools and caterers are supported to deliver high quality, healthy and sustainable meals. All children deserve to be raised in an environment in which it is normal, easy and enjoyable to eat well - Universal Infant Free School Meals are an important step towards creating such an environment.
We will be in touch to update you on our latest campaign efforts soon.
The Food for Life Served Here team