the Federal food Minister Julia Klöckner wants to promote healthy school Lunches in the future targeted. Public funding should promote “exactly what is important to all of us: healthy food in schools”, said the CDU-politician in the Newspapers of the Funke media group, and announced “specific support actions”. Thus it is possible to guarantee the quality standards of all schools.

The Minister based on a new study by the German society for nutrition (DGE) on behalf of their departments, which want to introduce you to, together with her CDU colleagues, Federal Minister of health, Jens Spahn, in Berlin. Therefore, the state promotes the lunch in school cafeterias each year with a total of 1.2 billion euros. Klöckner, according to the daily school is subsidized to half. “This is a tremendous achievement, many parents and persons in charge of perhaps even aware of,” said the Newspapers of the Funke media group.

costs In their study and price structures in the school meals (KuPS) the researchers determined the DGE meal plans, food prices, delivery costs, personnel costs and other operating expenditure in the entire Federal territory. To 1.072 eat were contacted provider, also 488 education-makers from all 16 Federal States of Germany.

Large differences in the cost of meals

the results showed that there are large differences in the cost of meals to: eat less than 100 children in the school canteen, according to the study, especially the personnel costs are comparatively high. A meal there costs without a government subsidy, the average 7,46 euros. The more children are supplied, the lower the price per meal is – he is quite large canteens with more than 600 students for the part only at 3.57 euros.

According to the Ministry, more than three million students are eating a day, all-day schools to lunch. Goal of healthy school diet is to prevent Obesity in children. According to the data of the largest German youth health study, more than every seventh child in Germany is overweight, or even obese. The number has stabilised in comparison to ten years ago, at a high level, such as the Robert Koch Institute in the spring reported.

critics accuse the government here of failures, because he respects sufficiently to ensure that its funds are tied to specific obligations. “In the case of school meals, a devastating state reveals itself to failure,” said Martin Rücker from the consumer protection organisation Foodwatch. The quality standards are not enforced at most schools. “For years, we lament the widespread malnutrition and the rampant Obesity, the end of children – but not even in the schools where they go into state care, you can rely on a well-balanced diet.”

Already in the year 2007 was published by the DGE for the first time, the quality standards: The nutrition researchers recommend for school Lunches, for example, daily grain, grain products or potatoes and vegetables. At least once a week there should be fish and a maximum of twice per week meat or sausage. Four years ago, a study commissioned by the Federal Ministry of food showed, however, that the offer in schools is often healthy enough. For students there should be more fish and vegetables, it said. Only about one out of every five of the school food plan corresponded to, for example, the DGE-recommendation that no more than twice a week meat is served should be.