School Meals Programme in Cavan and Monaghan

Senator O’Reilly has been informed by Minister Varadkar that €162,403 has been given to Breakfast Clubs in schools in County Cavan and €58,014 in County Monaghan over the academic year 2015/2016.

The school meals programme provides funding towards the provision of food services to schools and organisations benefitting over 200,000 children at a total cost of €42 million in 2016. The objective of the scheme 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.

In recent years priority for new applications for funding has been given to schools which are part of the Department of Education and Skills initiative for disadvantaged schools “Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools” (DEIS) in line with the National Policy Framework for Children and Young People, Better Outcomes Brighter Futures. There has been a particular focus on the promotion of breakfast clubs within the programme, which provide very positive outcomes for vulnerable children in terms of their school attendance, punctuality and energy levels.

There has been a marked increase in the funding provided for breakfast clubs in the programme, with an increase of over 50% in the level of funding in respect of claims for the 2015/2016 school year compared to the previous year.

Funding was provided for approximately 700 breakfast clubs benefitting 78,000 children at a total cost of some €7 million for the school year 2015/2016.

“I am a huge believer in and a strong advocate for the school meals programme and I am very proud to have been associated with a couple of schools in this regard.  Nothing is a greater help to proper conditions for learning than a good and adequate diet”, concluded Senator O’Reilly.

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Senator Joe O'Reilly representing Cavan & Monaghan 2010. | An ExSite website