The figures show that the number of students eating hot meals at school has increased by 320,000 in the past year and is a figure which has been rising gradually over the past three years.
Oliver’s School Dinners series aired in 2005 and highlighted the poor nutritional value of school meals with many children being served up chips and turkey drummers. Since then school meals have received a radical overhaul with legal standards being introduced detailing required amounts of carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals and restricting the amount of fat, salt and saturated fats.
Oliver hopes the government will continue to invest in the provision of nutritious school food so the progress made is not lost. Investment in healthy eating now could save the NHS billions in the future.
The Liberal Democrat children and families minister, Sarah Teather, said: “We welcome the increase in the number of children getting a healthy meal in schools. We want to ensure school meals continue to be healthy and will set out the next steps for school food policy in due course.”