The Better Lunchtimes mark in 2018 successfully turned over the increase and improved take up of over 35,000 school meals a day! 👩🏻🍳 👨🏻🍳
Schools reported, being part of the BLM, that take up increased by up to 80% [lowest – highest] in just six months. With an average take up (Jan-Dec 2018) in schools I worked in increasing by 36% over a similar time period – potentially increasing school meals revenue, just from our intervention alone, by £24-30K per school over a school year! 😱
Heads reported to us that incidents at lunchtime inside and out (impacting the overall experience for pupils) reduced by up to 60% (four weeks pre and post intervention). 🏥
And finally, pupils perception of the overall experience increased in positivity by up to 60% (impacting pupils choices of whether to consume a school meal or packed lunch). 🌮 🌯 🥗
We know that the choice of either a packed lunch or a school meals is completely down to children and their choices rather than parents, as concluded in this study by the University of Leeds last year. Which demonstrated:
Children emerged as active decision makers exerting substantial power particularly in the initial decision to have a packed lunch, and then in influencing the lunch’s contents.
Despite this, both schools and catering providers are completely guilty of spending tireless resource and funding editing and adjusting the menus whilst the atmosphere of the lunch experience remains untouched. Quite simply, if I can eat a packed lunch in two minutes and then go outside whilst you’re still queuing to get your Roast Dinner on a Wednesday – I’m having a packed lunch. 🤷♀️
Why are you not seeing this? 🤦♂️
If you’d like School Health UK to prove our concept in one of your schools – please send me a message. We’ve improved the take up in EACH ONE OF OUR SCHOOLS since December 2017 and will continue to do so.
A Michelin stared chef wouldn’t allow his food to be served out of an unclean diner – so why are you any different? 👩🍳 👨🍳