School meals improve children’s health and educational outcomes. They also build equity between children and help parents to work outside home, which promotes economic growth.

School meal programmes help to educate children about healthy diets and support local production. Equal access to education and free school meals have played an important part in strengthening economic growth and transforming Finland into a knowledge-based society.

We in Finland can assist you plan and implement a well-suited school meals programme for your society – with 70 years of experience!
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What Finland can offer
LEARN FROM THE FINNISH EXPERIENCE:
Find out how the school meal programmes are financed, designed, implemented and monitored in Finland through seminars and webinars.

A HELPING HAND FROM OUR EXPERTS:
Finnish experts on school meals can provide technical assistance on all aspects of school meals from an institutional set-up to monitoring the impacts of a school meal system.

SEE AND EXPERIENCE IT YOURSELF!
Join us on our tailored study visit to learn more and find answers to all your questions about school meals. Don’t forget to enjoy an authentic Finnish school lunch!
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Companies
In need of services or technological and digital solutions for your school meals? Finnish companies offer the know-how that can be tailored for your school meal programme.
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The Finnish model
Initially, school meals were introduced to address post-war poverty and malnutrition in Finland. Now school meals have promoted equal opportunities for a century. Equal access to education and free school meals have played an important part in strengthening economic growth and transforming Finland into a wealthy knowledge-based society.
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