Given current child obesity levels, it is important that children are educated on how to eat sensibly and healthily. Food that is provided to schools by their local authorities must, therefore, meet national nutrition standards. These standards are set to ensure that children are educated and introduced to a more balanced diet rather than the vending machine, tuck shop or fish and chips.
New standards were introduced in 2006 requiring the following:
- High-quality meat, poultry or oily fish regularly available.
- At least two portions of fruit and vegetables with every meal.
- Bread, other cereals and potatoes regularly available.