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School Meals Scheme

From: Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

What the School Meals Scheme is

The School Meals Programme provides funding towards provision of food services for disadvantaged school children through two schemes:

  • the statutory Urban School Meals Scheme for primary schools is operated by local authorities and part-financed by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
  • the non-statutory School Meals Local Projects Scheme provides funding directly from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection to primary schools, secondary schools and local groups and voluntary organisations which operate their own school meals projects

How to qualify

Projects must be targeted at areas of disadvantage or at children with special needs. Priority for funding is currently given to schools which are part of the Department of Education and Skills’ initiative for disadvantaged schools, ‘Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools’ (DEIS).

However, there is no automatic entitlement to funding and all applications are considered in light of the available budget for the scheme. Funding will be provided only to existing projects that have shown ongoing viability.

Funding under this scheme is for food only, which must be of suitable quality and nutritional value, and prepared and consumed in an appropriate environment.

The type and range of meals provided, as well as the method and logistics of supplying the meals, are decided by the individual local groups and schools that operate the projects.

Rates of payment

Funding under the School Meals Local Projects Scheme is based on a rate of payment per meal, per child, per day.

The current rates of payment are as follows:

    Meal Max rate of payment (per child per day) Examples of food to be provided
    Breakfast/snack €0.60 Cereal, toast, scone, fruit, yogurt, milk-2 Items must be provided
    Lunch €1.40 Filled sandwich/roll or soup and roll or salad plate, plus 2 other items (example milk, fruit, yogurt)
    Dinner €1.90 Meat, potatoes and vegetables or chicken curry or spaghetti bolognese, plus a drink (milk, water)

Apply

Funding is allocated on a school year basis. An application for funding must be made each year. Applications should be submitted in advance of the commencement of the school year.

Applications for funding must be made using the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection application form for the School Meals Local Projects Scheme.

A separate copy of page 3 of the form must be completed in respect of each food club you operate. For example, if a school operates a breakfast club and a lunch club, 2 separate copies of page 3 must be submitted with the application.

Schools that got funding and want to apply for the following year must also complete the Income and Expenditure form (SMLPS2).

School Meals Local Projects application form SMLPS1

The School Meals Local Projects Scheme provides funding for food directly to primary schools, secondary schools and local groups and voluntary organisations which operate their own school meals projects.

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School Meals Programme Income and Expenditure form (SMLPS2).

Schools that got funding and want to apply for the following year must also complete the Income and Expenditure form (SMLPS2).

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School Meals

Address:
School Meals SWA Section, Department of Social Protection, College Road, Sligo