What is School food: top marks?

School food: top marks is a school food initiative by the Department of Education, the Department of Health and the Public Health Agency (PHA).

School food top marks

This programme recognises the important role of schools in contributing to childhood nutrition and the development of the knowledge and skills necessary to make healthier food choices. As part of this programme there has been a range of resources and training provided to schools and key staff groups to support the implementation of the nutritional standards for school food and encourage schools to adopt healthier food choices.

An evaluation of the Food in Schools programme is available on the PHA website.

Information for parents on nutrition and school lunches and how to apply for free school meals can be found on nidirect:

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