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Food for Life to host National Conference addressing quality of children's food

28 Jan 2020
The Soil Association’s Food for Life National Conference 2020 will focus on children’s food, health and sustainability.

Two of the keynote speakers will be Henry Dimbleby and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall who will explore how local and national food strategies can alter the landscape for sustainable and healthy diets.

Food for Life has created a network of over 5,000 schools across England who are committed to ‘transforming’ their food culture. The Food for Life National Conference will take place on 13 February 2020.

The Food for Life’s State of the Nation report found that at least 60% of secondary schools are failing to comply with the School Food Standards in order to make cost savings. The report also found that as many as four in ten children leaving primary school are predicted to be overweight or obese by 2024.

Food for Life believes school meals are approaching a ‘tipping point’, with an increasing number of school children at risk of not having a healthy lunch.

Attendees will experience interactive discussions around food strategy, procurement and issues surrounding the implementation of sustainable food in schools.

The Food for Life National Conference is also a ‘unique opportunity’ for delegates to network with key public health influencers and local authority commissioners.

During the event, the inaugural ‘Peter Melchett Award’ will be given to a Food for Life school which has made an ‘outstanding contribution’ to ensure the health and wellbeing of its pupils through food provision.