Children's Food Trust
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|Purpose||Works with childcare providers, schools, local authorities, community organisations and industry to improve the food that children eat|
|Adam Starkey, Linda Cregan|
The Children's Food Trust (formerly the School Food Trust, renamed in 2012) was a charity in the United Kingdom that sought to promote healthy eating for children.
The Trust - originally named the School Food Trust - was created as a non-departmental public body in 2005 by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES), following celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's critique of the nutritional quality of school meals in his TV documentary Jamie's School Dinners and the recommendations of the School Meals Review Panel. It had been found that standards of school meals in England were low, with the average ingredient spend per meal before 2005 at secondary schools being around 40p. Childhood obesity is a growing problem in the UK in specific demographic groups (see National Statistics Socio-economic Classification), with some medical professionals predicting that today's youngsters will have a lower life expectancy than their parents with problems with Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Suzi Leather was appointed as Chair of the Trust and Judy Hargadon, an NHS senior manager, was appointed as the Trust's first Chief Executive. Leather resigned in 2006 to become Chair of the Charity Commission and, in November of that year, Prue Leith was named as the Chair. She retired in January 2010. Hargadon retired in 2013 and was succeeded by Linda Cregan.
In April 2007, the Trust also became a registered charity. In October 2011, the Trust officially ceased to be an NDPB, expanding its work both as a charity and by trading its services through a new community interest company, as the Children's Food Trust.
The trust was initially funded by a £15 million grant from the Department for Education and Skills, and has been awarded in partnership with organisations including The Prince's Trust, Business in the Community, Magic Outcomes and the Improvement Foundation, £20 million additional funding from the Big Lottery Fund for a network of school children's cookery clubs called Let's Get Cooking.
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