School Fruit Scheme Strategy for the 2010–2013 school years – Lithuania
The aim of the Strategy was to instil an awareness of the health benefits of eating fruit and vegetables in children. The objective was to increase the amount of fruit and vegetables in children’s diets at a stage when their eating habits are developing. The School Fruit Scheme Strategy for the 2010–2013 school years set up the budget of the programme, target groups, accompanying awareness measures and distributes the products. Fruit and vegetables (i.e. carrots, apples, pears, bananas and citrus fruit) were distributed, free of charge, three times per week to pupils in early and primary education (years 1 to 4) at Lithuanian general schools wishing to participate in the School Fruit Scheme. Each child received one portion per day. At least two thirds of the overall quantity distributed to schoolchildren were products grown in Lithuania. To make the Scheme more effective, its implementation was accompanied by awareness-raising and educational measures to help schoolchildren understand the importance of healthy eating habits (accompanying measures). Schools participating in the Scheme were required to organise at least four activities per school year to inform children about healthy eating or the health benefits of fruit and vegetables. Such additional accompanying measures may consist of: children’s excursions to fruit or vegetable farms to familiarise with how fruit and vegetables are grown and the product’s journey ‘from field to table’; distribution in schools of information material on the benefits of eating fruit and vegetables (booklets, leaflets and other informational publications); training for teachers on promoting a healthy way of life and healthy eating habits in children; organisation of educational quizzes, drawing competitions and sports events to promote a healthy way of life. In school years 2009-2010, 171 schools took part in the program and 21,222 products were distributed to children. In school years 2012-2013, 1365 schools and nurseries participated in the program and 192,454 products were distributed to children. The funds for the implementation were allocated from the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund and the Lithuanian State budget.
Additional information: https://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/sites/agriculture/files/sfs/documents/lt_summary_evaluation_report_-_2010-2011_en.pdf (last accessed in March 2017)