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Food and drink education

We want Scotland's young people to know where their food comes from and how it affects their health, the environment and the economy.

To achieve this, we have invested around £5 million in food education projects between 2010 and 2017 (£876,000 over 2016 and 2017). We published an evaluation of our food education programme's success from 2012 to 2015.

Our initiatives are designed to educate young people on all aspects of food and drink, from production to consumption.

Food production

We are raising young people's awareness of where their food comes from by funding:

General

We are supporting the delivery of other food and drink education by:

Careers

We are part-funding the Scottish Food and Drink Federation's schools programme to help young people learn about food and drink career opportunities through experiences within the industry.

School meals

As well as teaching young people about food and drink, we are working to ensure the food and drink they consume at school is healthy and of a high quality. Information on current efforts is available at Engage for Education: Food in Schools.

We help fund the Soil Association's Food for Life catering mark programme to encourage school caterers to improve the quality of their food (providing £300,000 over 2016/17).

The Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) Act 2007 sets high nutritional standards for all food and drink provided in schools.

We have published the following guidance to assist local authorities, schools and caterers in providing healthy and high-quality food for school children: