Wales School Meal Report

21 Nov 2022

Introducing the 2022 Wales School Meal Report



After two years of success with our national report, this year we are proud to be building our own research by offering a Wales-specific version of our 2022 School Meal Report.

The survey we produced attracted an overwhelmingly positive response with an impressive 19,477 completed responses from parents in Wales. We received responses from parents of children in every school year, from early years to the end of secondary school. You can see the split of responses across the different school years below

With a robust size of just over nineteen thousand people, the report accurately represents parent opinions on school meals across Wales.

A collaboration with ParentPay and LACA UK

The 2022 Wales School Meal Report was created in collaboration with ParentPay and LACA UK, who have added invaluably industry knowledge and recommendations throughout the report.


ParentPay Group brings together a collection of companies whose mission is to make life easier for schools and parents throughout Europe. They offer an array of service that supports schools, caterers, and parents to achieve efficient methods for their operations.


With a strong 32 years of experience, behind them, LACA is the leading professional body behind the school food sector representing public and private contract caterers. LACA is driven to inform, develop, represent, and support their members through multiple initiatives and services. With over 300 local authorities, county, district councils, and London Boroughs represented, LACA has a vast network of industry knowledge.

What can you expect from the report?

This study helps us to understand what caterers, local authorities, and school leadership teams in Wales need to do to ensure their clients and families are happy with the school meal services provided. This research will provide an ongoing understanding of the needs of parents/guardians, local authorities, school leadership, and catering teams.

The topics that are covered in the Wales School Meal Report are:

    • Information on the contributors
    • Background on the research
    • Meal provision
    • How to increase meal uptake
    • Free school meals
    • Quality and sustainability
    • School meal information
    • Alternative diet and allergy management
    • Technology
    • Summary and recommendations


    How can I get the report?

    To ensure that our research benefits as many people as possible, it’s simple to get your hands on a copy of our report! Download it today.




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