Children's Food Trust

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Children's Food Trust
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Formation 2005
Legal status Charity
Purpose Works with childcare providers, schools, local authorities, community organisations and industry to improve the food that children eat
Region served
Adam Starkey, Linda Cregan
Main organ
Affiliations The Prince's Trust[citation needed], Local Authority Catering Association[citation needed]

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 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 food were low, with average ingredient spend per meal before 2005 at secondary schools at around 40p. Childhood obesity is a 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 diabetes and heart disease.

In April 2007, the Trust also became a registered charity.[1] In October 2011, the Trust officially ceased to be an NDPB,[2] expanding its work both as a charity and by trading its services through a new community interest company, as the Children's Food Trust.

In November 2006, Prue Leith was named as the chair.[3] She retired in January 2010.

In July 2017 the charity's closure was announced due to running out of funding[4] and the charity was officially closed on 30th September 2017 [5]


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.[6]


  1. ^ Charity Commission. Children's Food Trust, registered charity no. 1118995. 
  2. ^ "Department for Education announcement: DfE to close arm's length bodies to improve accountability". Department for Education. 14 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  3. ^ Alexandra Smith (9 November 2006). "Prue Leith to head healthy school meals campaign". Education Guardian. Retrieved 2010-06-30. 
  4. ^ "Funds loss closes child food charity". BBC News. 2017-07-24. Retrieved 2017-10-13. 
  5. ^ "Children's Food Trust leaves fitting legacy as it passes on the baton - Childrens Food Trust". Childrens Food Trust. 2017-09-28. Retrieved 2017-10-13. 
  6. ^ Chris Druce (23 February 2007). "School Food Trust looks to National Lottery for cookery club funding". Caterer Search. Retrieved 2010-06-30. 

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