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Over 30 million children across the EU receive milk, fruit and vegetables under the EU's School Scheme

Schoolchildren benefit from healthy food thanks to EU programme

  • September 03, 2018 18:30
  • Author Monika Dimitrova
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Source: European Commission

During the 2016-2017 school year, more than 12.2 million children in 79,000 schools took part in the EU fruit and vegetables scheme and around 18 million children took part in the EU milk scheme. This represents more than 74,000 tonnes of fruit and vegetables and over 285,000 tonnes of dairy products, distributed mainly to children between 6 and 10 years old.

In addition to distributing these products, the EU school scheme promotes healthy eating habits among children and includes dedicated educational programmes about the importance of good nutrition and how food is produced. Under the scheme, each school year €150 million is set aside for fruit and vegetables and €100 million for milk and other dairy products. National allocations for all 28 Member States taking part in the scheme for the 2018-19 school year have been also approved earlier this year.

Source: European Commission

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