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School Food Champions

Empowering pupils to put good food at the heart of a healthy, high performing school community

Every child deserves access to healthy, nutritious food at school — but right now, that's not the case. School Food Champions was created to change this! 

Right now, young people from 60 schools across the country are taking part in this brand new programme to help achieve a world where all young people have the opportunity to be healthy, no matter where they live. 

And it’s not class-as-usual! School Food Champions sees students from Key Stage 3 (11-14 year olds) work in teams of 15, supported by a lead teacher, to lead social action projects to improve the food provision and culture in their schools and their local communities. It is a fully funded weekly extracurricular programme, throughout which Bite Back 2030 provides inspiration, guidance, support and training, connecting teams across the country. We link schools up with our amazing youth leaders, showcase great examples of school food and of young people leading change in their schools and their communities.

We launched with our first cohort of schools in September 2021 and we will open applications for our second cohort in spring 2022. Are you a teacher interested in launching the programme in your school? Register your interest today.

How Does It Work?

School Food Champions runs as a weekly programme, either over lunchtime, as an after school club or as an enrichment activity. We provide all the materials and inspiration needed to help your school bring school food into the spotlight. 

In each school, a lead teacher recruits a team of 10 to 15 pupils in Years 7 to 9 who are keen to make a difference on food issues. We train these teachers, and they deliver our sessions for their teams on topics such as:

Session topics

The teams work with their lead teacher, school leaders, caterers and governors to review the food culture in your school. Together they choose and lead two social action projects::

  • Project #1 will improve specific issues of the food environment in your school.
  • Project #2 will make a difference either in your school or your local community.  The teams will be given a £100 budget for materials and resources.

Benefits For Pupils

  • Lead change on food issues across the school community 
  • Have fun with friends while making a real impact
  • Join the Bite Back movement
  • Build leadership and campaigning skills

Benefits For Teachers & Schools

  • Drive social action through pupil voice on issues that matter to young people and affect the whole school community. 
  • Join a community of 150 schools sharing best practice on school food issues
  • Build socio-emotional and character development, civic engagement and service habit

How Do I Get Involved?

Thanks to generous funding by the #iWill Fund*, School Food Champions is fully funded for schools. Participating schools receive £700 (£600 as a TLR3 for your lead teacher and £100 for materials for pupils to deliver their social action projects). Schools will also receive a year of Food For Life awards package (normally £199) for free.

Our applications for cohort two will open next term. To register interest please click here and we will be in touch!

Do you have any questions? For more information please contact 

*The #iwill Fund is made possible thanks to £54 million joint investment from The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to support young people to access high-quality social action opportunities.




'I joined as I really wanted to make a difference in our school and for the future generations joining us in the years to come'
A School Food Champion at St Joseph's RC School, Horwich

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