Huel and the rise of food poverty in the UK

I notice Huel honourably aids nutrition programmes for children, which I applaud. I wondered if Huel had any talks or plans with schools in the UK regarding the provision of nutritionally complete food to our poorest, or simply deals for education authorities wishing to provide huel for school-age children.

With Tory austerity policies resulting in soaring food-bank use, and a worrying reported increase, by teachers, of malnourished children, I feel that Huel could be doing a great deal of good for the poorest in our society. Maybe even working with foodbanks as well.

One potential problem is that kids have different nutritional needs to adults, so a reformulation would be required. Secondly, it’s unfortunate but many kids and parents would not be thrilled about their kids being fed liquid foods like Huel. There’d probably be a bit of a backlash if it was attempted.

True enough, but I think that will be coming, I think the demand for Huel will see a children’s formulations being developed relatively soon.

I suppose Huel needs more general acceptance before it would be used more widely.

I remember back when kids used to be given milk at school. I never like drinking milk, so I had nothing. Deliver a load of Huel to schools instead, but not make it compulsory. Anyone who doesn’t want it, or whose parents don’t want them to have it, doesn’t have to have it. But for those who do, it could be free. If it leads to an increase in wakefulness in class, it can only be a good thing.


I second this!

Seems like a win win situation, probably would have stopped me being quite so fat in school to be totally honest.

I’ve made the brownies from the huel, sweet potato and courgette recipe, my daughter was none the wiser, almost felt like I was cheating her out of her normal rubbish haha, either way it worked.


We don’t have any plans for this no, but its an awesome idea. We don’t have any plans to do this, but I like what you say Marcus about milk in school - imagine that but more nutritious. There certainly would be complaints from parents though but if it was optional then that should qualm any of that. Main problems would be:

  • Formulation
  • Would the government even pay for this sort of thing?
  • Smaller problem would be making it up, schools would need large scale blenders as shaking a school’s worth of Huel wouldn’t work!

Currently we’re still tackling the adult population and those most likely to let their nutrition slip, so even if we were to consider this I don’t envisage it being on the cards for many years. Love the thought-leadership that is happening here though.

What do we think the child’s formulation should be like? Any thoughts on additional nutrients?


There are already private individuals and schemes to have children go to school with a decent breakfast. If i remember correctly there’s a Tory MP in London that runs some kind of charity to do that.

I don’t have kids so it’s not something that I follow too much, but i do follow politics. My understanding is that the Tories put in their last election manifesto that they would switch support for free lunchtime meals, to free meals at breakfast.

Anyway - I found these people…maybe anyone interested in getting it off the ground could talk to them?