School meals around the world (Sweden (A typical lunch features meatballs…
School meals around the world
A typical lunch features meatballs with potatoes, cabbage rolls or fish, with a mixed salad from the buffet bar on the side. However, menus vary widely from school to school.
Guidelines from the Swedish National Food Administration encourage institutions to serve at least one cooked main dish with vegetables, bread with low fat margarine, a mixed salad, skimmed milk and water.
Primary and secondary schools are forbidden to charge for meals.
Hamburgers are on the menu in schools, but only once a week.
On other days you might find omelettes, salads, chick pea stew, sea bass fillet and pasta bolognese.
Parents generally pay the full cost of schools meals, which works out around (£61) a month or roughly (£2.75) a day. The maximum schools can charge is (£3.10) a day. Some, but not many, children are entitled to free meals.
Menus for the week are posted on school notice boards so parents can plan appropriate evening meals
Some 50% is subsidised; the rest is borne by parents who pay according to a means-tested five-tier scale. In practice, a two-parent family with both parents in full-time employment can expect to pay in the region of £2 per meal.
The actual cost of a school meal in France varies according to the size of the town but averages around £3.50 to 4.50 per child
State schools provide either one hot meal a day: soup, rice or pasta, meat, salad and fruit juice; or a series of light snacks: at least two pieces of fruit, fruit juice, small cake and sandwich.
There is no cost to parents of children in the state system
standards in terms of calorific value, vitamin and other nutritional content are set nationally by the health ministry, and each meal/set of snacks has to provide children with 33% of their recommended daily intake.
Every child gets a free piece of fruit a day for their first two years
Some authorities' school catering services are run privately, some are not.
The cost of a primary school meal is an average of £1.60; for secondaries it is £1.49. Parents contribute towards the cost on a means-tested basis.
Hungry for Success is Scotland's two year-old £63.5m healthy eating initiative. Chips are still on the menu, but no more than twice a week, and there are strict nutritional guidelines.