Tuesday, 16 June 2020
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
745. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the level of funding provided over the past five years for healthy food initiatives; the budget and participation rates for these programmes in tabular form; the evaluations that have taken place on these programmes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10961/20]
The material requested by the Deputy is set out in the tables attached.
Both schemes are run in accordance with the six-year Statement of Strategy for the implementation of the School Scheme in Ireland (August 2017 – July 2023) as approved by the EU Commission. They both form part of the Single School Scheme, the aim of which is to encourage and develop healthy eating habits in schoolchildren at an early age. Funding for the scheme is via an EU national envelope which Ireland utilises in full every year together with any supplementary allocation available, together with supporting national Exchequer funding.
Both Schemes have been evaluated over the years and details can be found on my Department's website at the following link