The school fruit, vegetables and milk scheme is designed to help children follow a healthy diet.
The scheme supports the distribution of fruit, vegetables and milk to schools across the European Union (EU).
It is part of a wider programme of education about European agriculture and the benefits of healthy eating.
Applicable since the 1 August 2017, the school fruit, vegetables and milk scheme combines the 2 previous schemes (school fruit and vegetables scheme and school milk scheme) under a single legal framework. The single legal framework contributes to greater efficiency, a more focused support and an enhanced educational dimension.
What children will get
The school fruit, vegetables and milk scheme promotes a healthy diet. National health/nutrition administrations approve the list of products that children receive.
- priority is for fresh fruit and vegetables and for drinking milk
- the choice is based on seasonality, variety and availability and shall consider health and environmental aspects
- no added sugars, salt, fat and sweeteners or artificial flavours are allowed. As an exception, national health/nutrition administration may allow limited quantities of added sugars, salt or fat
National administrations can
- encourage local or regional purchasing, organic products, short supply chains, environmental benefits, products with agricultural quality labels
- in addition to fresh fruit and vegetables and drinking milk, make available processed products such as juices, soups, yoghurt and cheese to ensure a varied diet and address specific nutritional needs. Other dairy products such as milk-based drinks may also be distributed, but EU aid will only be granted for their milk component
- add other agricultural products, such as olives, olive oil and honey, in their educational programmes
How to participate
National administrations send the request for support to the European Commission.
Prior to any request, they draw up a strategy on how to implement the school scheme. Covering a period of 6 years, the country strategy outlines the objectives and priorities, the target groups (primary schools, for example), the products (apples, carrots …) and the education activities (farm visits, school gardens, trainings …).
Schools need to contact the national authorities in their country to participate.
Information on the strategies and contact points in your country
The total EU budget for the scheme is €250 million per school year, with €150 million for fruit and vegetables and €100 million for milk.
The European Commission fixes the amount per country in a decision:
- school year 2018/2019: Commission implementing decision C(2018) 1762 final of 27.03.2018 - Annex
- school year 2017/2018: Commission implementing decision C(2017) 1792 final of 23.03.2017 - Annex Amended by the Commission decision for school year 2018/2019
The following regulations outline how the EU set up the school scheme and what are the main rules for its application
- aid scheme for the supply of fruit and vegetables, bananas and milk in schools (Regulation (EU) 2016/791, Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/39, Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/40)
- How to promote fruit and vegetable consumption in schools
- EU public health policy: nutrition and physical activity
- EU research: nutrition