School meals - useful links

Healthy eating schemes and information about school meals.


School fruit and vegetable scheme

The scheme covers all four to six-year-old children in maintained schools (schools under the control of the local council).  The scheme, run by the Department of Health, entitles children to a free piece of fresh fruit or vegetable every school day.

The scheme aims to encourage children to eat more fruit and vegetables. It is hoped this will contribute to a reduction in the risk of heart disease and cancer in later life.

For further information contact your school or visit the 5 A Day website

School milk schemes

Brighton & Hove City Schools can take part in either or both of the following milk schemes; each scheme provides 189ml (1/3 pint) of semi-skimmed milk every school day. 

· Under-fives milk scheme
Once registered the scheme provides free milk for every child under 5 who attends school for 2 hours or more per day.

· Over-fives milk scheme 
If your school offers this service then milk can be provided at a subsidised rate for children aged 5–11. 

The School Food Trust was established by the Department for Education and Skills in September 2005. Its remit is to transform school food and food skills, promote the education and health of children and young people and improve the quality of food in schools.

Food Standards Agency is an independent Government department set up by an Act of Parliament in 2000 to protect the public's health and consumer interests in relation to food.

5 A Day - you’ll be surprised at just how easy it is to eat more fruit and vegetables, and it’s the tastiest way to maintain a healthier lifestyle long term.

The Brighton & Hove Food Partnership is dedicated to food in Brighton & Hove and beyond. You can find out about food-related events going on in the area, where to buy fresh, local food  and how to get involved in food growing activities.  This site is also intended as a resource – you can download fact sheets and publications on a variety of food, health and environmental issues.