System mapping identifies challenges associated with school meals
A mission-oriented approach is about changing entire systems. This requires an individual-centered and interdisciplinary perspective as well as commitment from actors at all levels. It is about breaking silos and letting actors who otherwise do not meet discuss problems and solutions. The purpose is for everyone to start working in the same direction with a common objective in focus.
Within the framework of the collaboration between Vinnova and the National Food Administration, the Swedish Public Health Agency, the Swedish Board of Agriculture, the Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society Affairs, the Procurement Agency, SKR, and the National Board of Housing, Building and Planning and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency have been part of the work.
An expert group consisting of school and preschool chefs, bakers, small-scale food entrepreneurs, WWF, AGFO (media company within LRF media with a focus on the food of the future), MatLust (Södertälje municipality) and Effektfullt (expert in effect measurement) have been invited to the work.
Together with the service design agency Antrop, the work has resulted in a system survey that has identified key challenges, so-called leverage points. By meeting these challenges, there are conditions to lift the entire school meal system.
The project has also developed a theory of change that shows why school food today is not healthy, sustainable and economically viable. The theory of change points to the need for several measures that can move us from an underutilized school food system to a system that can deliver in a holistic way towards the global sustainability goals.