All food in schools must meet nutritional standards so that children have healthy, balanced diets.

This means there must be:

  • high-quality meat, poultry or oily fish
  • at least 2 portions of fruit and vegetables with every meal
  • bread, other cereals and potatoes

There can’t be:

  • fizzy drinks, crisps, chocolate or sweets in school meals and vending machines
  • more than 2 portions of deep-fried food a week

You can read more about nutritional standards in schools on the School Food Trust website.

You may be entitled to free school meals if you’re on a low income.

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