School Lunch Project

School Food Matters currently works with 15 schools in 2022 and expanding to 30 schools in 2023 to deliver free hot school lunches to Tasmanian students. With funding from the Department of Communities Tasmania, dietitian expertise from the Department of Health and operational support from the Department of Education and partnerships with Loaves & Fishes Tasmania, Foodbank Tasmania and school food service staff, participating schools are serving up delicious and nutritious hot meals to their students.


The Menzies Institute for Medical Research has released the Interim Report on the School Lunch Project. School lunches have been embraced by all schools, with a common sense of purpose, shared vision, and commitment to feeding children with yummy, locally sourced and cooked from scratch lunches.

NEW! Family Size Recipes

We’ve put some of our school lunch project recipes into easy to cook at home quantities for families to enjoy. 

The menu is full of delicious, dietitian-approved recipes with ingredients locally-sourced where possible and a focus on sustainability. Check out the Term 3, 2023 Menu to see what the children have been enjoying during 2022.

Participating Schools in 2022

  • Austins Ferry Primary
  • Beaconsfield Primary
  • East Devonport Primary
  • Mountain Heights School
  • Smithton High
  • Rosebery District
  • Yolla District
  • Herdsmans Cove Primary
  • Gagebrook Primary
  • Rokeby Primary
  • Warrane Primary
  • New Norfolk High
  • Triabunna District
  • Oatlands District
  • Sorell School


School Food Matters is excited to announce an additional 15 school the School Lunch Project in 2023. Expressions of interest were received from school across Tasmania and it was a challenging task to narrow it down. Joining the current 15 school in the program, we welcome the following to begin delivering lunches to students in Term 1 next year:

  • Bridport Primary School
  • Campbell Town District School
  • Clarendon Vale Primary School
  • Cosgrove High School
  • Dodges Ferry Primary School
  • East Derwent Primary School
  • Fairview Primary School
  • Havenview Primary School
  • Huonville Primary School
  • JRLF Senior School
  • Mole Creek Primary School
  • Montello Primary School
  • Swansea Primary School
  • Waverley Primary School
  • Winnaleah District School



Check out our latest media story highlighting the great work in some of our schools

Keep up to date with the latest stories from the School Lunch Project through our Facebook page. There are regular updates and photos from schools. Visit

Where it all Began

View this ABC story Call to drop lunchboxes, introduce canteen meals in Australian schools to hear Julie Dunbabin speak about where the ideas came from for the School Lunch Project.

Supporting Enjoyable Mealtimes

Check out some useful resources under our Professional Learning & Resources page on

Mealtime Guidance for Schools.

These helpful resources assist staff in understanding the language behind positive mealtime and creating a positive lunchtime routine.

Students at Oatlands District High School
Beaconsfield Primary School Food Scrap Buckets
Beaconsfield Primary students rinsing plates