Jamie's School Dinners is all about making radical changes to the school meals system and challenging the junk food culture by showing schools can serve fresh nutritious meals that kids enjoy eating.
What we eat affects everything. Mood, behaviour, health, growth, even our ability to concentrate. A lunch time school meal should provide a growing child with one third of their daily nutritional intake. But the processed junk foods served in most school dining halls these days don't. Read about the problem
Now Jamie is a father, he realises how important good food and good eating habits are for kids. And he's realised how important school dinners are. When Jamie set up the Fifteen Foundation to train young disadvantaged people for the restaurant trade, he found many of the new recruits had little to no knowledge about food. Why? Because children no longer learn about food at school. Jamie wanted to change this. FMB is the result.
Jamie's School Dinners takes on the meals service of a council run secondary school in Greenwich, a London borough with a range of ethnic backgrounds and household incomes. In Greenwich, the kids were eating over a quarter of a ton of chips a week! He also spends a month with primary kids in a severely deprived part of Durham, and finds that many can't even identify some of the most common vegetables...
The programme was first aired on channel 4 in February and March 2005. It is now .