The School Meals Service Past (SMS), Present – and Future?

Through a combination of historical and ethnographic approaches, our ESRC-funded project seeks to discover the impact of the School Meals Service upon schools, communities and families from 1906 until the present day. We ask what lessons may be learned from the lived experiences of school meal recipients, teachers, parents and catering staff, both now and in the past.

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Here, you will find details of some of the ways in which the School Meals Project aims to make a positive and lasting impact: with our partner schools, our community partners, charity organisations and with policy makers.


As a project team, we aim to publish across different types of media: please find out latest offerings below.

Share Your Memories

What do you think of when you think of school meals? What thoughts, sensations, feelings come to mind? If you have memories of school meals – memories of eating them, preparing them, supervising them or paying for them – we would love to hear from you!