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Social Welfare Schemes

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 18 May 2021

Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Questions (543)

Peadar Tóibín

Question:

543. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of schools participating in the school meals scheme in each year between 2010 and 2020; and the amount of funding made available for the scheme per year between 2010 and 2020. [26027/21]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

The school meals programme provides funding towards the provision of food to some 1,506 schools and organisations benefitting 230,000 children.  The objective of the programme is to provide regular, nutritious food to children who are unable, due to lack of good quality food, to take full advantage of the education provided to them.  The programme is an important component of policies to encourage school attendance and extra educational achievement.

In recent years entry to the School Meals Scheme has been confined to DEIS schools in addition to schools identified as having levels of concentrated disadvantage that would benefit from access to the School Meals Programme.  

The number of schools participating in the schools meals scheme in each year between 2010 and 2020; and the amount of funding made available for the scheme per year between 2010 and 2020 are contained in the attached tabular statement.

I trust that this clarifies the position for the deputy.

Table: The amount of funding made available for the scheme and the number of schools participating in the schools meals scheme between 2010 and 2020

Year

Budget

Schools/Organisations Benefitting

2010

€35m

2,081

2011

€35m

1,180

2012

€35m

1,334

2013

€37m

1,425

2014

€37m

1,444

2015

€39m

1,398

*2016

€42m

1,446

2017

€47.5m

1,581

2018

€54m

1,576

2019

€57.6m

1,573

2020

€61.6m

1,506

*In 2016/2017, the Department changed to a new payment platform. School/organisation numbers from here on relate to an academic year, rather than a calendar year. The budget relates to the calendar year.

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