The UK’s COVID-19 Free School Meals Policy: was it evidence based?

We’re pleased to announce that Dr Jennie C Parnham, winner of the Andrew Miller Prize, has now published her work on the UK strategy for the provision of free school meals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Parnham’s report can be accessed below, and the full academic publication is available from the Policy Design and Practice journal at the following link:


Timeline of key Free School Meal (FSM) policy events and the frequency of keywords referenced in the UK Parliament (1st March 2020 – 31st March 2021). Note: FSM – Free School Meals; HAF – Holiday Activities and Food programme; Local Authority Grant – COVID winter grant supplied to Local Authorities; Local Vouchers –    vouchers arranged by schools directly; Food Parcels – Any food supplied by the schools catering team (inclusive of meals delivered).
Note: This figure is taken from the original publication by Parnham et al. (2022) at: