Our timeline

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Beginnings

We begin our work as the School Food Trust, set up by the Department for Education and Skills with £15 million of funding to improve children’s health by transforming food in schools and getting pupils back into their dining rooms.

2005
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Launch Food Standards

We lead the launch of national school food standards in primary schools, then in secondary schools in 2007. For the first time in decades, school food has to be nutritionally balanced.

2006
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Lottery Funding

We secure £20m of BIG Lottery funding over five years to begin Let’s Get Cooking – creating 5000 cooking clubs, and the biggest network of its kind.

2007
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Feast Training Centres

We receive an additional capital grant of £2.7 million to set up a network of 16 School Feast training centres for training school cooks.

2008
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BIG Cookathon

We launch our first ever BIG Cookathon. Since then, more than 100,000 people have taken part in our annual campaign that aims to get the nation cooking. Also this year, our annual school meals take up figures become a national statistic.

2009
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Impact

We publish the first evidence of the impact of school food standards. Two thirds of primary school children now take veg or salad with their lunch, and saturated fat, salt and sugar is down in the average meal.

2010
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Save our Food Standards

We put our support behind the Save our School Food Standards campaign as we prepare to publish the first evidence of the impact of school food standards in secondary schools, and we learn that we will no longer operate as a non-departmental public body.

2011
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Guidelines Created

Our food and drink guidelines for childcare providers are created, becoming the industry standard and DfE’s recommended approach. They’ve now helped 11,000 families through our work with nurseries, children’s centres, childminders and pre-schools.

2012
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The School Food Plan

The School Food Plan is published, giving the school meals agenda a shot in the arm. It includes recommendations to put more practical cooking into the curriculum, and to make school meals free for all primary school pupils. Government green-lights the curriculum change and presses ahead with free meals for all infants – but gives schools less than a year to prepare. We win a competitive tender to run the national helpline for those already struggling.

2013
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Partnership & Awards

We partner with the Tesco Eat Happy Project to run pop up cooking sessions in 50 Tesco stores, reaching 1,400 children.

We receive a three-year Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) award for our work in improving public health.

We receive a Big Society award from the Prime Minister.

2014
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Love Food

We win a competitive tender to help deliver the national Love Food, Hate Waste programme in 10 UK cities. The Tesco Eat Happy Project confirms it will fund thousands of Let’s Get Cooking clubs in primary schools for the next two years, as well as new clubs in Scotland. We deliver another summer of pop up cooking classes in their stores, and the Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation chooses us as one of its charities of the year.

2015