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EU School Fruit Scheme (SFS)

The School Fruit Scheme was introduced by the European Commission in the scholastic year 2009/2010 in light of the dramatic increase in obesity amongst school children. The main objective is to promote the importance of fruit and vegetable consumption as part of a healthy diet. The scheme was implemented by the Paying Agency within the Ministry for Resources and Rural Affairs, in conjunction with the Student Services Department and Home Economics Seminar Centre within the Ministry of Education and Employment, and the Health Promotion Unit within the Ministry for Health, the Elderly and Community Care.

Funding the Scheme
The EU allocated its Member States a total of 50 Million Euro for the implementation of the Scheme. Currently Malta’s allocation is 262,500 Euro. Malta’s contribution is 87,500 Euro. Thus, the total allocation for the scheme for Malta is 350,000 Euro.

Participation
This is the fourth year of the scheme. The target group for the scheme is made up of children aged between 3-10 years who attend Primary State, Church and Independent schools in Malta and Gozo. 138 schools with a total of 30,268 children participated in the school fruit scheme during Scholastic year 2012/2013.

Distribution
Fruit and vegetables are delivered once a week to participating schools, in the ratio of 3 times fruit to one time vegetables. An approximate 1,000,000 cups are distributed during the scholastic year.

The fruit and vegetables distributed include: Oranges, Tangerines, Strawberries, Melons, Watermelons, Carrots, Cherry Tomatoes, and Broad Beans. When local supply of fruit is unavailable, apples are distributed.

Promotion
A new School Fruit Scheme Poster was distributed to every participating school so that it is exhibited in accordance with EU Regulations.

Accompanying Measures
Accompanying Measures are organized for participating school children with the aim of creating awareness of the benefits of consuming fruit and vegetables. These measures help to increase the knowledge regarding these products.
The objective is that every school will be able to participate in at least one accompanying measure during the scholastic year. For this new scholastic year the accompanying measures include:

  • Farm Visits: This option will continue to introduce children to some of the basics of agriculture, such as the growing process and the types of fruit and vegetables grown in Malta. These activities include demonstrations of the planting process, product harvesting and hands-on farming.
  • Lunch Boxes: In 2012 lunch boxes were given to all pupils in Year 1 and 2 but in 2013 pupils in Year 1 only will receive a lunchbox. This initiative is expected to encourage more children to consume more fruit and vegetables and make the experience at school as enjoyable as possible.


CONTACT INFORMATION:
 Contact Name
Ms Anna Maria Gilson
Service Manager
Projects & Initiatives Section

Triq Fra Gaetano Pace Forno
Il-Ħamrun HMR 1100
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 Telephone
2745 1010 

 Email
anna-maria.gilson@gov.mt​