Preventative health care is vital to creating a healthier Britain. It will save the NHS money, help educational attainment and increase productivity.
And as Sharon Hodgson MP argued in the Fabian Review back in 2007 providing free, universal hot and healthy lunches is one way we can start to address children's poor health.
Children with a healthy diet perform and behave better in schools and providing free meals for all takes away the stigma of creating two lines at lunchtime; those that get "free" meals and those that don't.
Hodgson argued; "Money invested now will be recouped later," and there should be savings in health, education and the economy.
Today's announcement of two pilot projects for free school meals in County Durham and Newham in London is to be welcomed as it will provide a testbed for the argument and should provide data on how effective it has been, but only if it is allowed to run for a significant amount of time.
Leaders in the discussion on the future of the NHS are worried that preventative healthcare is likely to be top of the list for the funding chopper if and when cuts arrive.
It will pay not to think short term about health, a healthier Britain is better for all of us.