Jamie Oliver criticises government moves to undo his campaigning School Dinners work

by Lynn Connolly

TV chef Jamie Oliver has criticised the government for making cuts to school lunch grants and for making some of the newly formed academies exempt from grants to help towards providing school meals at all.

In 2005, Jamie launched his hugely successful campaign to bring better, more nutritious food into schools via his Channel 4 show, Jamie’s School Dinners, which was of course just one of a host of shows Jamie has gone on to present.

His work in various schools to revolutionise the way school children were fed at lunchtimes even prompted a change in legislation in 2009, which saw strict nutritional guidelines introduced into school canteens.

However, now, as part of cost cutting measures, Education Secretary Michael Gove, has instigated the withdrawal of funds as mentioned above.

Of the move, Jamie told the Daily Star, “I’m very worried. I’ve had a couple of very cordial, interesting meetings with Mr Gove…

“And, although I would love to believe he has school food high on his agenda, I’ve not heard anything so far worth celebrating.”

A disgruntled Jamie added, “I don’t see him or his ministerial colleagues in health actually doing anything to ensure that the improvements we have made over the last six years remain in place and are built upon.

“The progress we’ve made seems to be at risk.”

Just in case you’ve forgotten what Jamie’s School Dinners was all about, here’s a promo clip for the show…

Can anyone put their hand on their heart though and say they’re remotely surprised at the retrograde step??

Remember when Mrs Thatcher was branded ‘Thatcher, Thatcher, Milk Snatcher’ after axing free milk for primary school children?

Granted, we have a coalition government, but it’s pretty clear that the Tory element are wearing the trousers in that particular house…

Do you agree with Jamie that the present government could undo all the good work he did in improving school meals, or do you accept that cutbacks to anything non-essential are inevitable?

Debate my pretties, debate!

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.