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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! 

We launched in September 2021 and right now, almost 1,000 young people from 100 schools across the country are taking part 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 lead social action projects to improve the food environment in their schools and local communities as part of a fully funded extracurricular programme.

School Food Champions

Case Study: George Abbot School

Discover how George Abbot School, located in Guildford, transformed their school food environment with the help of School Food Champions.

School Food Champions

Bringing Our Community Together

Since starting the School Food Champions programme in September, teams from around the country have come together as a community in a variety of ways. 

School Food Champions

What's Really Going On With School Food?

We asked our School Food Champions, almost 1,000 of them, what they thought about their school food. 

How Does It Work?

School Food Champions is a weekly programme run at lunchtime, as an after school club or as an enrichment activity. 

We provide the inspiration, guidance, support and training needed to help your school bring healthy food into the spotlight at your school. We link schools up with our amazing youth leaders, showcase great examples of school food and of young people leading change and connect teams across the country to share learnings.

In each school, a lead teacher recruits a team of Key Stage 3 pupils who are keen to improve their school food environment. We train these teachers, and they deliver our sessions for their teams, topics include:

  • What does a great school food culture look like? 
  • What is youth social action? 
  • How do we design a great campaign? 
  • What do we need to know about the food system and what is food inequality? 
  • How do we build a great team and acquire leadership skills to make our voices heard?

The teams then use this knowledge to review the food culture in their school and work with their lead teacher, school leaders, caterers and governors to develop a social action project aimed at making nutritious food the norm or redesigning the school food experience.


Benefits For Pupils

  • The chance to lead transformational change across the school community.
  • Become part of a fun and rewarding programme outside the traditional curriculum.
  • The opportunity to join the Bite Back movement and make new friends.
  • Build campaigning, leadership and public speaking 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.
  • Bring healthy food to the spotlight in the school environment.

Register Your Interest!

Do you want to drive social action through pupil voice on issues that matter to young people and affect the whole school community. 

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Do you have any questions?

For more information or to arrange a call to discuss bringing School Food Champions to your school, please get in touch with 

The #iwill Fund is made possible thanks to £66 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. BiteBack2030 is acting as a match funder and awarding grants on behalf of the #iwill Fund.

Being a part of Bite Back makes me feel like I am part of a family and accepted. It has also made me feel confident and not judged by anything I say or do.
Ava, School Food Champion

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