Free lunches: A quarter more children eat in schools

First distrust and confusion, then success. A food subsidy known as free lunches has increased the number of children eating in primary schools by 25 percent.

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This was shown by a survey by the Ministry of Labor, which shed light on the numbers pupils eating in school canteens. The inspection concerned about 900 schools throughout Slovakia. It is so clear that they eat at school as well children who had not gone to lunch before.

“The interest from multi-family families has increased the most since in the case of several small caterers, the support does mean significant help for the family budget, “a spokesman for the ministry told the daily Pravda thesis Michal Stuška. Schools are already managing the subsidy after an embarrassing start-up. Many have invested tens of thousands of euros in canteen equipment or adopted new ones reinforcements. According to Stušek, parents appreciate that they do not have to pay for themselves lunches. Of course, except for overhead or surcharge. Although the one in some cities people were forgiven.

“Compared to the previous school year, we have added 678 boarders, which is increase by 13 percent, “says the spokeswoman of the city of Banská Bystrica Dominika Mojžišová. The city invested in equipping school canteens last year 142 574 eur. The local primary schools have hired seven new employees. The overhead here costs eight euros a month. The fees for the party, however, the city did not increase.

More than a tenth more children go to lunch in the Bratislava city district Parsley. ”The number of boarders as of January 2020 compared to last year increased by 460 children, “said Petržalka spokeswoman Mária Halašková. To The city district has so far invested less than 50,000 school canteens euro, but does not count the investment of schools in chip systems for registration lunches. Directing in Petržalka schools costs 40 cents a day. Parents also pay one cent for lunch in the first grade and ten cents for second.

The change in the number of lunches in Trnava depends on the school. On average, the number of diners increased by five to ten percent. The city, however invested heavily in school canteens. She went to school meals according to the city’s spokeswoman Veronika Majtanova 459 thousand euros. “Self-government had to necessarily ensure the retrofitting of catering facilities in the amount of at least 374 thousand euros, “he says. More money went to the temporary expense kitchen where children from the Primary School on Ján Botta Street eat.

And that’s not all. Another minimum of two million euros will go to new building of the south wing with a new kitchen, dispensary and six classes of the said primary school. And over 800 thousand euros has to go on construction of a new kitchen for the Primary School on Atómova Street. Count however, Trnava did not change its employees. However, he went two euros up from the beginning school year school club fee.

And what about high school students?

However, students of eight-year grammar schools do not receive a subsidy for food. And that despite the fact that those in the first years are the same age as the children at second stage of primary schools. “Eight-year grammar schools are part of a network schools and school facilities included among secondary schools, “he explains spokesman of the Ministry of Labor Michal Stuška. The legislation of the Ministry of Labor regulates the possibility of providing food subsidies only for children in kindergartens and primary school students, adds Stuška. It is not according to him about inequality, because the right to the subsidy is regulated by the type of school and not by age of the child.

However, not all days seem to be over. “In the future, however we do not rule out extending the provision of food subsidies to pupils secondary schools, “says Stuška.

Four hundred children

Thanks to subsidies in schools in the Bratislava district of Ružinov eats more than four hundred more children. The city district has invested in appliances and dishes almost 75 thousand euros. Parents pay extra according to the spokesperson Ružinova Tatiana Tóthová only for overheads in the amount of 13 euros per month. “Food supplement of EUR 0.01 per child in the first instance a The city district took over 0.10 euros in the second stage, “he says. Up they didn’t even go to school club fees. Similarly, boarders have been added in Nitra. The city has invested 290 thousand euros in the equipment of kitchens and their reconstruction, confirmed the city’s spokesman Tomáš Holúbek. Another 160,000 went to wages eur. “For the year 2020, another reconstruction of the kitchen is planned in the value approximately 350 thousand euros, “says Holúbek. Parents pay according to age baby one to ten cents for lunch. The overhead is five euros per month.

The number of boarders also went up in Žilina. And by almost six percent. Only one in ten children does not go to lunch at local schools. The city according to its spokesman Vladimír Miškovčík, it invested 162,000 in the dining room euros in 2018. ”We hired eight new employees, but they were recalculated also the workload of staff who have already worked in school canteens, “ he says. Žilina residents only pay for lunches for children in the second grade primary schools, where the subsidy does not cover the cost of food. Besides that they still pay an overhead of ten cents a day.

Pezinok and Prešov almost unchanged

The number of diners increased a little more modestly thanks to free lunches in Pezinok. Only 75 more children have lunch in the school canteens in Pezinok as in the previous school year. That’s why the numbers of cookbooks didn’t go up either. “Because of introduction of subsidies and because the increase in boarders was not too great, the schools did not hire any new staff, “says the head of department of Education and Social Care of the Pezinok Municipal Office Milan Hýll. According to him, Pezinok invests in the renovation of school canteens on an ongoing basis. The last time the money went to soundproof the school canteen at the Primary School Ján Kupecký.

Even in Pezinok, the parents of Zédéeškárs pay extra for food only on the other degree – two cents for lunch. There is also an overhead of 30 cents per day. However, the fee for the school club went up to 15 euros per month. An exception have residents of Pezinok with permanent residence – they pay only five euros. Ide by the first increase since 2011, when the fee was € 8.70.

In Prešov, the number of children eating in the local canteens is almost he didn’t jump. The number of boarders increased by only about four percent. For lunch here however, almost 10,000 children attend. “Prešov provided financial in 2019 funds to supplement gastronomic equipment in primary and nursery schools in 17,000 euros, “said city spokesman Vladimir Tomek. To the dining room they hired nine employees there.

Questions and answers

How does the food allowance work?

A child who has participated in the teaching process is entitled to the subsidy and at the same time it took away food. The legislation does not regulate the procedure if the parent does not check the child out of lunch in case of missed classes. Obligations when voting from the diet, as well as setting sanctions mechanisms relating to the payment of compensation for non-compliance with these obligations, is regulated by the founder of the school or directly by the school.

Who determines the menus?

What meals the dishes cook is based on established recipes, which determined by the Ministry of Education. It also determines three financial bands for purchase food. And for one meal a day according to the age of the boarder.

What are the financial bands for food?

Since September, the financial bands have gone up. In the first stage, they range from 1.08 euros to 1.21 euros. In the second stage of primary schools it is from 1.16 euros to 1.30 euros per meal.

What about supplements?

The subsidy has a fixed amount of 1.20 euros. Whether parents pay extra for lunch depends on the food purchase zone in which their municipality or city is located. Tie determined by the Ministry of Education and have gone up since the beginning of this school year. Some municipalities distinguish between bands and subsidies parents are forgiven, others charge him in the form of a supplement. It depends not only from the band, but also from the age of the student. However, in addition to the cost of food, it is paid still directed. It covers staff costs or equipment renewal. Here too it is up to the founder whether the parents forgive her or not. And also the height.

Where does the remaining money from the subsidy go if lunch costs less than 1.20 euros?

The difference can be used, for example, to improve food, expansion meals for additional meals – for example, tenth or for overheads costs.

Where to turn if I am dissatisfied with lunches or fees?

If the parent is dissatisfied with lunch in the school canteen, it is necessary address the founder. Another possibility is the competent authority public health. You must also contact the city or municipality in the case of dissatisfaction with surcharges or the amount of overhead.

My child can’t have lunch at school because of allergies, what now?

If the school does not provide diet menus, a subsidy for food in the amount of EUR 1.20 is paid to the pupil’s parent by the school founder. He can do so at its own discretion, either by bank transfer, postal order, or in cash.

A child older than 16 years is also entitled to the subsidy, if still attends elementary school?

Yes. The law makes it clear that it is possible to provide a subsidy for food a child who attends primary school and takes away diet. The legislation does not specify the age of the child, which is possible provide a subsidy for food.

Are children entitled to the subsidy even during their stay at school in nature?

Not. During the child’s stay at school in nature, the parent does not pay for the child’s food in the school catering facility.

Is a boarding school student entitled to the subsidy?

Yes, in the case of a kindergarten or primary school. It is not possible to provide the subsidy to school facilities, which are special educational facilities such as a diagnostic center, reeducation center or medical-educational sanatorium. Entitlement to the subsidy they have only children who participate in the educational process. Special educational facilities are not a primary school.

First distrust and confusion, then success. A food subsidy known as free lunches has increased the number of children eating in primary schools by 25 percent.

lunches, school lunches, school,

This was shown by a survey by the Ministry of Labor, which shed light on the numbers pupils eating in school canteens. The inspection concerned about 900 schools throughout Slovakia. It is so clear that they eat at school as well children who had not gone to lunch before.

“The interest from multi-family families has increased the most since in the case of several small caterers, the support does mean significant help for the family budget, “a spokesman for the ministry told the daily Pravda thesis Michal Stuška. Schools are already managing the subsidy after an embarrassing start-up. Many have invested tens of thousands of euros in canteen equipment or adopted new ones reinforcements. According to Stušek, parents appreciate that they do not have to pay for themselves lunches. Of course, except for overhead or surcharge. Although the one in some cities people were forgiven.

“Compared to the previous school year, we have added 678 boarders, which is increase by 13 percent, “says the spokeswoman of the city of Banská Bystrica Dominika Mojžišová. The city invested in equipping school canteens last year 142 574 eur. The local primary schools have hired seven new employees. The overhead here costs eight euros a month. The fees for the party, however, the city did not increase.

More than a tenth more children go to lunch in the Bratislava city district Parsley. ”The number of boarders as of January 2020 compared to last year increased by 460 children, “said Petržalka spokeswoman Mária Halašková. To The city district has so far invested less than 50,000 school canteens euro, but does not count the investment of schools in chip systems for registration lunches. Directing in Petržalka schools costs 40 cents a day. Parents also pay one cent for lunch in the first grade and ten cents for second.

The change in the number of lunches in Trnava depends on the school. On average, the number of diners increased by five to ten percent. The city, however invested heavily in school canteens. She went to school meals according to the city’s spokeswoman Veronika Majtanova 459 thousand euros. “Self-government had to necessarily ensure the retrofitting of catering facilities in the amount of at least 374 thousand euros, “he says. More money went to the temporary expense kitchen where children from the Primary School on Ján Botta Street eat.

And that’s not all. Another minimum of two million euros will go to new building of the south wing with a new kitchen, dispensary and six classes of the said primary school. And over 800 thousand euros has to go on construction of a new kitchen for the Primary School on Atómova Street. Count however, Trnava did not change its employees. However, he went two euros up from the beginning school year school club fee.

And what about high school students?

However, students of eight-year grammar schools do not receive a subsidy for food. And that despite the fact that those in the first years are the same age as the children at second stage of primary schools. “Eight-year grammar schools are part of a network schools and school facilities included among secondary schools, “he explains spokesman of the Ministry of Labor Michal Stuška. The legislation of the Ministry of Labor regulates the possibility of providing food subsidies only for children in kindergartens and primary school students, adds Stuška. It is not according to him about inequality, because the right to the subsidy is regulated by the type of school and not by age of the child.

However, not all days seem to be over. “In the future, however we do not rule out extending the provision of food subsidies to pupils secondary schools, “says Stuška.

Four hundred children

Thanks to subsidies in schools in the Bratislava district of Ružinov eats more than four hundred more children. The city district has invested in appliances and dishes almost 75 thousand euros. Parents pay extra according to the spokesperson Ružinova Tatiana Tóthová only for overheads in the amount of 13 euros per month. “Food supplement of EUR 0.01 per child in the first instance a The city district took over 0.10 euros in the second stage, “he says. Up they didn’t even go to school club fees. Similarly, boarders have been added in Nitra. The city has invested 290 thousand euros in the equipment of kitchens and their reconstruction, confirmed the city’s spokesman Tomáš Holúbek. Another 160,000 went to wages eur. “For the year 2020, another reconstruction of the kitchen is planned in the value approximately 350 thousand euros, “says Holúbek. Parents pay according to age baby one to ten cents for lunch. The overhead is five euros per month.

The number of boarders also went up in Žilina. And by almost six percent. Only one in ten children does not go to lunch at local schools. The city according to its spokesman Vladimír Miškovčík, it invested 162,000 in the dining room euros in 2018. ”We hired eight new employees, but they were recalculated also the workload of staff who have already worked in school canteens, “ he says. Žilina residents only pay for lunches for children in the second grade primary schools, where the subsidy does not cover the cost of food. Besides that they still pay an overhead of ten cents a day.

Pezinok and Prešov almost unchanged

The number of diners increased a little more modestly thanks to free lunches in Pezinok. Only 75 more children have lunch in the school canteens in Pezinok as in the previous school year. That’s why the numbers of cookbooks didn’t go up either. “Because of introduction of subsidies and because the increase in boarders was not too great, the schools did not hire any new staff, “says the head of department of Education and Social Care of the Pezinok Municipal Office Milan Hýll. According to him, Pezinok invests in the renovation of school canteens on an ongoing basis. The last time the money went to soundproof the school canteen at the Primary School Ján Kupecký.

Even in Pezinok, the parents of Zédéeškárs pay extra for food only on the other degree – two cents for lunch. There is also an overhead of 30 cents per day. However, the fee for the school club went up to 15 euros per month. An exception have residents of Pezinok with permanent residence – they pay only five euros. Ide by the first increase since 2011, when the fee was € 8.70.

In Prešov, the number of children eating in the local canteens is almost he didn’t jump. The number of boarders increased by only about four percent. For lunch here however, almost 10,000 children attend. “Prešov provided financial in 2019 funds to supplement gastronomic equipment in primary and nursery schools in 17,000 euros, “said city spokesman Vladimir Tomek. To the dining room they hired nine employees there.

Questions and answers

How does the food allowance work?

A child who has participated in the teaching process is entitled to the subsidy and at the same time it took away food. The legislation does not regulate the procedure if the parent does not check the child out of lunch in case of missed classes. Obligations when voting from the diet, as well as setting sanctions mechanisms relating to the payment of compensation for non-compliance with these obligations, is regulated by the founder of the school or directly by the school.

Who determines the menus?

What meals the dishes cook is based on established recipes, which determined by the Ministry of Education. It also determines three financial bands for purchase food. And for one meal a day according to the age of the boarder.

What are the financial bands for food?

Since September, the financial bands have gone up. In the first stage, they range from 1.08 euros to 1.21 euros. In the second stage of primary schools it is from 1.16 euros to 1.30 euros per meal.

What about supplements?

The subsidy has a fixed amount of 1.20 euros. Whether parents pay extra for lunch depends on the food purchase zone in which their municipality or city is located. Tie determined by the Ministry of Education and have gone up since the beginning of this school year. Some municipalities distinguish between bands and subsidies parents are forgiven, others charge him in the form of a supplement. It depends not only from the band, but also from the age of the student. However, in addition to the cost of food, it is paid still directed. It covers staff costs or equipment renewal. Here too it is up to the founder whether the parents forgive her or not. And also the height.

Where does the remaining money from the subsidy go if lunch costs less than 1.20 euros?

The difference can be used, for example, to improve food, expansion meals for additional meals – for example, tenth or for overheads costs.

Where to turn if I am dissatisfied with lunches or fees?

If the parent is dissatisfied with lunch in the school canteen, it is necessary address the founder. Another possibility is the competent authority public health. You must also contact the city or municipality in the case of dissatisfaction with surcharges or the amount of overhead.

My child can’t have lunch at school because of allergies, what now?

If the school does not provide diet menus, a subsidy for food in the amount of EUR 1.20 is paid to the pupil’s parent by the school founder. He can do so at its own discretion, either by bank transfer, postal order, or in cash.

A child older than 16 years is also entitled to the subsidy, if still attends elementary school?

Yes. The law makes it clear that it is possible to provide a subsidy for food a child who attends primary school and takes away diet. The legislation does not specify the age of the child, which is possible provide a subsidy for food.

Are children entitled to the subsidy even during their stay at school in nature?

Not. During the child’s stay at school in nature, the parent does not pay for the child’s food in the school catering facility.

Is a boarding school student entitled to the subsidy?

Yes, in the case of a kindergarten or primary school. It is not possible to provide the subsidy to school facilities, which are special educational facilities such as a diagnostic center, reeducation center or medical-educational sanatorium. Entitlement to the subsidy they have only children who participate in the educational process. Special educational facilities are not a primary school.