29 May 2024

FROM LOCAL FARMERS TO CHILDREN’S TABLE

Find out more about Nova Lima’s school meals, organic farming and the second largest school feeding program in the world. As one of our Replication Cities, Nova Lima joined the SchoolFood4Change project to exchange their experiences, their challenges and good practices to further further promote the work on school meals.

29 May 2024

THE IMPORTANCE OF INVOLVING ALL STAKEHOLDERS

The topic of school meals involves often a variety of different stakeholders: pupils, parents, teachers, caterers, farmers, politicians and so on. Everyone is part of the school meal system and should therefore be included in the discussions. That is why the SchoolFood4Change project has a strong component of stakeholder engagement – at a local, national and international level. Find out how to identify, categorize and engage different stakeholders in this article.

29 May 2024

WHEN SCHOOLS TURN INTO A SANDWICH FACTORY

Two SF4C schools from Ghent joining forces and changing the menu. Driven by the voices of their student bodies, both schools recognized the imperative to address the need for nutritious and environmentally-conscious dining choices. Hence, they are taking now measures to offer more plant-based options in the school canteens. Learn more about “Thursday Veggie Day” and the “toast factory” in the full article.

28 May 2024

#MEETTHETEAM – SERIES, PART 4

Watch out: Our next part of our series #meettheteam is out! This time we meet Gabi from Nuremberg, Germany. She is one of the caterers taking part in the SchoolFood4Change project. Catering for four daycare centres and three schools, her company cooks 1,000 meals every day. Lern more about Gabi’s background and her role in the project.

30 April 2024

EUROPEAN EXCHANGE STRENGTHENS WSFA

The Whole School Food Approach, an integrated method to make good food in every school a reality, was developed within the SF4C project. To get as many partners as possible on board, we travelled across Europe to support cities in implementing this WSFA and to exchange good practices. Find out about the gatherings in Slovakia, Italy and Sweden.

28 February 2024

policy brief #1

Tackling inequality through healthy and sustainable school food

Currently, several EU policies concerning the school food system from a social justice, health, education and agricultural perspective are not well integrated. Therefore, stronger and well-integrated policies are needed to unleash the true potential of healthy, sustainable school food. Find here our policy recommendations in our first SF4C policy brief.

28 February 2024

SF4C Replication cities: one year in!

TRANFORMING SCHOOL MEALS ACROSS THE WORLD

Find out more about our work with the SF4C Repolication Cities. Exactly a year ago, a new group of 20 cities joined the project – from Europe but also Africa, South America and Oceania – to exchange with partner cities on challenges and best practices related to school meals.  

01 February 2024

TURNING DISADVANTAGE INTO ADVANTAGE

A SLOVAKIAN SCHOOL’S INSPIRING JOURNEY TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE FOOD HABITS

Learn more about the elementary school Kukučínová from Slovakia. The school faced their challenges head on and turned them into an opportunity by leveraging the influence of children on their families.   

About SchoolFood4Change

We aim at making school meals enjoyable and healthy for both our children and our planet. 

SchoolFood4Change is an EU-funded project, headed by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and co-created by a consortium of 43 European partners, including environmental and non-governmental organisations, local governments, scientists and research institutes, schools, chefs,  meal professionals and health experts. The well-being of both our young people and our planet is a responsibility we all share. Looking back, we are thankful for what has been done and achieved. Food, and school food in particular, is essential to grow, learn and thrive. School meals have always constituted a very welcome daily break for many pupils. That’s why we say: Thanks for the food! 

Nevertheless, food always evolves over time and school food is no different. SchoolFood4Change builds on what has been achieved, asking for more vegetables, lentils, nuts, diversity on our plates and more democracy, education and inclusion in our societies. SchoolFood4Change therefore supports change agents who are spreading a new food culture from the plates in school canteens to the plates in families, workplaces and all of society. It’s time for a new menu! 

Project Areas

Planetary Health Diets & Cooking

Planetary Health Diets & Cooking

SchoolFood4Change aims to motivate, support and enable schools to provide meals that are innovative, climate-friendly, healthy, delicious, zero-waste and reflect local identity – a long…

Whole school food approach

Whole school food approach

The Whole School Food Approach is a holistic concept that offers pupils healthier and sustainable food  choices in the long term. It’s not just about…

Sustainable public food procurement

Sustainable public food procurement

Innovative approaches to the procurement of healthy and sustainable food for school meals are the focus of SchoolFood4Change (SF4C). SF4C follows a holistic approach with the…

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43 project partners reach 600,000 pupils in 3,000 schools
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Latest News

From local farmers to children’s Table

From local farmers to children’s Table

The story of Nova Lima in Brazil Brazil’s school feeding program, the second largest and oldest in the world, feeds 42 million of the country’s…

The importance of involving all stakeholders

The importance of involving all stakeholders

Local governments around the world are working to make their cities and food systems more sustainable, healthy and climate resilient. And since this task involves…

News from Belgium: When schools turn into a sandwich factory

News from Belgium: When schools turn into a sandwich factory

The two schools ‘GO! Middle School’ and ‘GO! Atheneum Voskenslaan’, both located in Ghent (Belgium), are uniting to work towards healthier and more sustainable food…

Events

In additon to our own SchoolFood4Change project events we collect interesting events in the school food sector for you. 

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Project Consortium

43 organisations in 12 countries join forces in SchoolFood4Change to make school meals
enjoyable for our children and our planet.

Project Partner
Bioforum
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Municipality of Ghent
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Municipality of Leuven
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Rikolto
Project Partner
Skutečně zdravá škola
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Municipality of Copenhagen
Project Partner
City of Tallinn
Project Partner
Municipality of Viimsi
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City of Nuremberg
Project Partner
Municipality of Essen
Project Partner
Speiseräume f+b
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WWF Germany
Project Partner
Business Economics Science Education Foundation
Project Partner
Municipality of Budapest
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Skutočne zdravá škola
Project Partner
Ecovalia
Project Partner
Mensa Cívica
Project Partner
University of Alcalá
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Municipality of Malmö
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Municipality of Umeå

Resources

You can find and download our project results, publications and other useful materials here. We invite you to use them – bon appétit! 

Contact

We want to hear from you! Please keep in touch. If you have any questions concerning SchoolFood4Change, please send us an email and we will be delighted to help you.