25th Feb 2022 - 08:14
Following on from the news about the United Nations pushing to improve the nutritional standard of school meals around the world, we have found our favourite international school food facts.
- Sweden, Finland, Estonia and India are among the few countries which provide free school meals to all pupils in compulsory education, regardless of their ability to pay.
- The UN estimates that every day 370m children around the world receive food at school provided by their governments.
- In America there are approximately 4.9 billion school lunches served annually and there are around seven times more schools in America than McDonald’s franchises.
- The Indian Government spends 115bn rupees (£1.14bn) a year on free school meals under its Midday Meal Scheme.
- A typical school meal in Africa will consist of a stew of corn or maize with beans.
- According to charity Mary’s Meals £15.90 is all it costs to feed a child school meals for a whole school year.