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School meals

What is School food: top marks?

School food: top marks is a school food initiative by the Department of Education (DE), the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) and the Public Health Agency (PHA).

This programme recognises the important role of schools in contributing to childhood nutrition and the development of the knowledge and skills necessary to make healthier food choices. As part of this programme there has been a range of resources and training provided to schools and key staff groups to support the implementation of the nutritional standards for school food and encourage schools to adopt healthier food choices.

This section provides advice and guidance for schools and others in relation to food in schools.

Information for parents on nutrition and school lunches and how to apply for free school meals can be found on NI Direct.

Nutrition and school lunches