Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on the launch of “A meal at school and at home” programme: The state must support children

Today we have adopted a school nutrition programme for children called "A meal at school and at home". We wish to bring our schools in line with European standards in this area said the Prime Minister at a joint press conference with the Minister of National Education Anna Zalewska and the Head of the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy Elżbieta Rafalska.


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Photo: Adam Guz / Chancellery of The Prime Minister of Poland

The ordinance adopted by the government enables financial support from the state budget for arranging canteens and dining areas in schools. The act provides for, i.a., equipping existing school canteens and improving their standard as well as creating new ones. The new solutions also provide for support for adapting and equipping rooms in which meals are eaten, that is, dining areas.

This means real money for refurbishing and buying equipment for school canteens and kitchens said the Minister of National Education Anna Zalewska.

According to the ordinance drawn up by the Ministry of National Education, financial support is to be provided to the authorities governing public primary schools. Consequently, local governments will be able to receive funds for arranging canteens and dining areas in schools.

The programme A meal at school and at home has been in place since the beginning of the year. The Minister of Family, Labour and Social Policy Elżbieta Rafalska emphasized that the programme has been modified and now includes three modules. The first module covers support and meals for children and youth. The second one provides for meals for the elderly, while the third module has just been regulated under the ordinance.

The government will spend PLN 2.75 billion on the entire programme in the years 2019–2023. PLN 200 million will be allocated for canteens (third module), which implies PLN 40 million for each year.

Taking care of Poland begins with taking care of Polish children and youth. The state must support children and we are manifesting this very clearly stressed Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.


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