Thursday, 10 May 2018

Ceisteanna (240)

Louise O'Reilly

Ceist:

240. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the amount of funding provided for the EU school milk scheme in terms of EU financing and Exchequer funding; the number of schools in receipt of the scheme; the number of students that received an allocation from the scheme in each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20559/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

The structure of EU and National Funding differ in that the EU funding is allocated on a school year basis and Exchequer funding is on a calendar year basis. The funding provided for the EU school milk scheme in terms of EU financing and Exchequer funding is:

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2017/18 (Revised Budget)

EU Funding

€671,994

 

2018

Exchequer Funding

€252,000

The number of schools in receipt of the EU school milk scheme and the number of students that received an allocation from the scheme in each of the past five years as requested is: 

 

2016/17

2015/16

2014/15

2013/14

2012/13

No. of Schools

691

782

899

1,061

1,077

Approx. No. of Children

 

38,536

 

42,544

 

47,791

 

51,160

 

52,937

A new model of implementation for the School Milk Scheme will be piloted and trialled during 2018/2019. The accompanying measures for the new model will incorporate Moo Crew, which was successfully trialled and evaluated under an EU Promotion programme. Moo Crew provides a positive platform to educate children about dairy and the importance of dairy as part of a balanced diet.