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Stephanie Wood
School Food Maters
151 Sheen Lane
London  SW14 8LR
United Kingdom
Tel. +44 20 8878 8333

Julie Smith
City University London
Centre for Food Policy
Northampton Square
London EC1V 0HB
United Kingdom
Tel. +44 020 7040 5060

School Food Matters, UK

Logo School Food Matters

  • Country: UK
  • Foodlinks theme: Public sector food procurement
  • Year started: 2007

Targets & measures

The mission of "School Food Matters" is to ensure that every child enjoys fresh sustainable food at school and understands where their food comes from.

To achieve this the Organisation listens to schools, parents and children. It urges local authorities to improve school meals and to support food education through cooking, growing and links with local farms.

  • School Food Matters aims to influence change at grass-roots Level.
  • It frequently partners with other organisations that share similar goals eg. Sustain, Food for Life Partnership and Children's Food Trust
  • Its strength is working in depth, in one or two areas at a time, with parents, head teachers, local authority officers and others to create and implement changes to school meals and to support food education.
  • School Food Matters participates in several regional and national policy steering groups dealing with school food issues.

The organisation is currently campaigning on school food standards.

Interaction and knowledge brokering activities

Civil society – School Food Matters is a registered charity

  • Parents
  • School children

Practitioners – schools
Policy makers – local authorities


School Food Matters was founded in 2007 by parent Stephanie Wood, inspired by environmentalist Zac Goldsmith, now Conservative MP for Richmond Park.  At the time the campaign was looking specifically at the school meal service for primary schools in the London Borough of Richmond. The quest was to actively engage parents and head teachers about the quality and delivery of school meals and to help provide a better model to the Local Authority.


Projects, donations and school memberships

Further information


Foodlinks contact

Julie Smith, City University London

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