The national allocations of the 150 million EURO of EU funds for the School Fruit Scheme in 2015/16 have been voted through the Management Committee today.
With a potential outreach to 12 million children across 25 Member States, these EU funds will be supplemented by national or private co-funding worth roughly 32 million EURO. Established in 2009, the scheme is aimed at reversing the trend of declining fruit and vegetables consumption by specifically addressing children.
In turn, higher fruit and vegetables consumption is also supporting efforts to establish healthier eating habits amongst school children. Nutrition plays an important role in combating health problems related to poor nutrition, such as child obesity.
Since 2014, the scheme also supports accompanying educational measures to explain the potential benefits. As in previous years, 25 Member States have decided to participate in the programme - with Sweden, Finland and United Kingdom opting out.