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 Every Finnish child is entitled to a free daily school meal in both primary and secondary schools. Finland was the first country in the world to serve free school meals, and it is a world leader in nutritional expertise.

JAMK University of Applied Sciences offers training and consulting for school meal developers. Are you interested in developing school meal system in your country or in your organization?

Finland - world leader in nutritional expertise

Every Finnish child is entitled to a free daily school meal in both primary and secondary schools. Finland began providing free school meals 70 years ago, and it has been a success story ever since. The Finnish school meal system both encourages children to attend school and helps them to learn.

Health and well-being through qualitative food education  

School meals are free for every child between 6-16 years. Finland was the first country in the world to serve free school meals, and it is a world leader in nutritional expertise. Providing free school meals became mandatory for municipalities in 1948. In Finland, health and well-being are built through qualitative food education.

The free school lunches, as well as lessons in home economics, encourage children to follow a balanced diet. The knowledge on food gained as a child helps one to make good nutritional decisions also later.

Every school makes an action plan for food education 

Global challenges in food production calls for growing consideration on environmental and ethical issues. Finnish food education is integrated into the early childhood education plan. During the comprehensive school children learn the basics about the Finnish food culture and food education. School meals and food education are defined in the comprehensive school curriculum. Every school makes an action plan for food education individually taking into acount health, nutrition and behavioural education.

Two-day programme for the school meal system developers

JAMK offers a two-day intensive programme for the developers of the school meal system. The aim of the programme is to familiarize the participants with Finnish school meal system and learn to build healthy and sustainable school meal system promoting children´s health.

Content of the programme

  • Key actors and school meal funding in Finland
  • National food education programme, regulation and curriculum
  • Nutritional recommendations for the Finnish school meals
  • Impact on health and learning results
  • Home economics education in Finland
  • Research on food education
  • School meal system and obesity control
  • Finnish school lunch model
  • Application of the principles in the target country

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How to launch school meal system into your country?

After completing the intensive programme you have a possibility to continue with our three-week consulting programme, during which you can develop the concept for school meal system in your organisation or in your country. Please, ask for an offer for this tailor-made programme.

Our experts at your service

Karoliina Väisänen, expertise areas: sustainable gastronomy, sensory evaluation, nutrition, food chemistry and microbiology.

Enni Mertanen, expertise areas: nutritional quality in food services and restaurants, food service development, service impact assessment and higher education research.

Väisänen Karoliina

Lehtori, Senior Lecturer
Matkailu ja palvelut sekä YAMK, Tourism and Service Business and Master´s Degrees
Liiketoiminta, School of Business
+358408656879

Mertanen Enni

Yliopettaja, Principal Lecturer
Matkailu ja palvelut sekä YAMK, Tourism and Service Business and Master´s Degrees
Liiketoiminta, School of Business
+358407177509