A new programme to distribute milk, fruits and vegetables
The EU school scheme started again, promoting healthy eating and balanced diets through the distribution of fruit, vegetables and milk products together with educational programmes on agriculture and good nutrition in the schools.
This project reached more than 20 million children during the 2017-2018 school year (20% of EU schoolchildren) and this year’s project allocated a total of €250 million (€145 million for fruit and vegetables, €105 million for milk and other dairy products). All EU Member states chose to participate and each of them can decide on the way to implement the scheme. Nonetheless, the choice of products distributed needs to be based on health and environmental considerations, seasonality, availability and variety.