Guess who’s coming to dinner

If you play your cards right and enter this not-to-be-missed competition, your kids will never be turning down school dinners again – and that’s exactly how the school dinner ladies like it.

Truth is, there’s now a team of dedicated workers – not just in the school canteen – who want our kids to have the best start in life, too. The School Food Trust has been setting guidelines to ensure that our schools provide better school dinners than ever. They’re making sure schools offer less processed food and more balanced meals for our children. They’ll also be providing more fruit and veg, oily fish, bread and water and have ditched the salt, sugar and fat. Studies have shown a better diet helps kids concentrate more. Now you can give your kids a chance of having a school dinner to remember with a surprise celebrity, by entering the competition.

Did you know?

1. Your child could be eligible for free school dinners. Contact your school, local authority or visit schoolfoodtrust.org.uk

2. An obese teenager is 70 per cent more likely to be an obese adult with an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

3. A recent survey in secondary schools showed that 87% of boys and 98% of girls are not getting enough iron.

4. Diets that contain a variety of fruit and veg witll help prevent over 20% of all causes of cancer.

What the mums say…

‘School dinners have really helped my daughter’s eating routine. She’s quite fussy with her food, but eats better with all her friends sat around the same table.’
Maria Ginn, Harlow, Essex

‘My daughter Lucy, aged six, used to take a packed lunch to school, but I wanted her to have a hot meal in the day. I’m confident she eats well.’
Geraldine Crawford, Mill Hill, London