International School Meals Day (ISMD) is a unique campaign with the aim of raising awareness of good nutrition for all children regardless of their circumstances.
Since December 2010, the UK and USA have been sharing examples of policy and practices in promoting healthy eating in schools. With similar challenges and successes on both sides of the Atlantic, both wanted to find a way to raise awareness of the importance of good nutrition amongst children and foster healthy eating habits both at home and at school – and so, International School Meals Day emerged.
Since its launch in 2013, it has brought together teachers and students, policy makers, school cooks, chefs, food and nutrition professionals, schools and communities, charities, businesses and health professionals from around the world to talk about the importance of school meals and its impact on wellbeing and education.
What are the aims of International School Meals Day?
Overall, the aims of International School Meals Day are to:
- Raise awareness of the importance of the nutritional quality of school meal programs worldwide
- Emphasise (Emphasize) the connection between healthy eating, education and better learning
- Connect children around the world to foster healthy eating habits and promote well-being in schools
- Share success stories of school meal programs around the globe
- Highlight research activities in school meal programs around the globe
- Raise awareness of the hunger and poverty issues being addressed through school feeding programmes (programs)
Who supports International School Meals Day?
International School Meals Day is managed by Children in Scotland.
We are delighted to have supporters across the UK and the United States of America including:
- The Scottish Government
- The Welsh Assembly
- The United States Department of Agriculture, Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services (USDA)
- Northern Ireland School Caterers Association
- Lead Association for Catering in Education
- Association of Service Solutions in Scotland
- Association for Public Service Excellence
- Association for Young People’s Health
- British Council Schools
- Children’s Food Trust
- Children in Scotland
- Cooking Matters
- Education Foundation
- Education Scotland
- Fare Share
- Food For Life
- Fuel Zone
- Global Child Nutrition Foundation
- Healthy Living Northumbria University
- Magic Breakfast
- MakeLunch (summer lunch programme)
- Mary’s Meals
- No Kid Hungry
- School Food Plan
- School Nutrition Association
- Skype in the classroom
- Tetra Pak (Laval)
- We Day
- World Bank
- World Food Programme