Experts warn of major impact on children’s health without proper nutrition at school

Children in the UK will be more susceptible to major health problems in the future without “urgent” action to ensure they eat a more nutritious diet at school, experts have warned.

Both food insecurity and poor diets could leave British schoolchildren with “dramatically” worse long-term health outcomes, leading paediatricians and nutritionists have said.

It comes as our Feed the Future campaign, in partnership with a coalition of organisations coordinated by the Food Foundation, reaches 215,000 signatories to a petition urging the prime minister, Liz Truss, to extend free school meals to all families on universal credit in England. Around 800,000 in England live in households that rely on universal credit but miss out on free school meals.