COVID19 and the provision of Free School Meals (FSM): Resources6 Apr 2020
Below are a list of resources and available intelligence regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the provision of FSM, which have been collated by the London Plus team. For any enquiries, please contact us 020 7125 0151 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
LONDON PLUS INTELLIGENCE
Scroll to the bottom of this page to download our FSM database including the contact details (telephone number and email address) of schools within the five boroughs who have the most children receiving FSM.
Government Intelligence and Resources
- Official guidance for schools;
- Summary of the official guidance by School Food Matters;
- Standards for school food in England, where further information about what to provide and planning can be found;
- The Department of Education publishes data on the provision of FSM across the United Kingdom which can be viewed online;
- The Department of Education are also on twitter, where they will be publishing content about FSM including guidance for healthy eating using food vouchers;
- The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government’s (MHCLG) have announced the Local Support System scheme, alongside the implementation of a ‘shielding’ policy to protect 1.5 million medically vulnerable individuals.
- Research by The Food Foundation & YouGov;
- The London Datastore has downloadable databases regarding FSM provision, which can be viewed here;
- The Children’s Society, report on the impact of FSM and child poverty;
- NSPCC Guidance on COVID-19;
- NHS guidelines for healthy eating, including tips and tricks for preparing healthy meals;
- Trussell Trust provide further guidance on mitigating the impact of hunger;
- The London Food Alliance donation;
- Sustain Healthy Start Forum. Email email@example.com to join Sustain’s Healthy Start forum and receive updates, guidance and resources for the scheme. Once subscribed you can post messages in the group by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org;
- School Food Matters and BiteBack 2030 have produced guidance for parents on how government vouchers (£15) can be spent to produce nutritious meals;
- Trussell Trust, an organisation who run foodbanks and provide further guidance on mitigating the impact of hunger
Cooking on a bootstrap
“Cooking on a bootstrap” by Jack Monroe. A former foodbank user and single mum, Jack Monroe is an activist, award winning author and celebrity chef. Jack specialises in creating cheap and nutritious recipes with non-perishable goods. The website is free for all to use and features a large collection of recipes suitable for children including vegetarian and vegan dishes. During the lockdown, Jack has also been active on twitter and is taking live as many recipe queries as they can. You can tweet them using the hashtag #JackMonroesLockdownLarder.
Other London Plus resources
Visit our general covid-19 resource page with a wide range of resources to help your charity through the COVID-19 pandemic.
We also have a Covid-19 data resources page (vulnerable groups, demographic, social inequalities).