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Penza Oblast among the Best in Providing Schoolchildren's Meal Services
Penza Oblast among the Best in Providing Schoolchildren's Meal Services
Society 26.06.2020

The "Requirements for Organising School Meals Based on Domestic Agricultural Products" conference was held online on June 18 by K. Razumovsky Moscow State University of Technology and Management.

The main purpose of the conference was to determine the main directions and to resolve organisational, technological and methodological issues of school nutrition in accordance with the Federal law of 01.03.2020 N 47-FZ "On Amendments to the Federal Law 'On the Quality and Safety of Food Products' and to Article 37 of the Federal Law "On Education in the Russian Federation".

The moderator was Valentina Ivanova, Rector of K. Razumovsky Moscow State University of Technology and Management, Chairman of the all-Russian Pedagogical Assembly.

During the event, she noted that the Penza Oblast is one of the leading regions in providing meal servises for students and gave the floor to Aleksandr Voronkov, the region's Minister of Education.

He noted that 97.7% of municipal general education institutions' students get hot meals, and the work to increase the percentage is continuing.

In order to reduce the cost of parental funds in the Penza Oblast, additional social support measures have been introduced. 100 percent of children with disabilities receive two free meals a day. All municipalities have introduced benefits for large, low-income families and families with children with disabilities. For these purposes, 118 million rubles were allocated from municipal budgets in 2020 (in 2019 – 113 million rubles).

From September 1, all primary school students from grades 1 to 4 will receive free meals.

 "School eating units are 100 percent ready to implement the project," the Minister said.

For these purposes the federal budget provides 164,404.3 thousand rubles from September to December 2020, and the Penza Oblast consolidated budget provides 45,830.8 thousand rubles. In 2021, the total funding from all sources will be 602,751.6 thousand rubles.

The June session of the Penza Oblast Legislative Assembly adopted the Law of the Penza Oblast, which defines that students in the educational programmes of primary education in the Penza Oblast state educational organisations are provided with free hot meals at least once a day by such organisations' founders.

Photo credit to the Penza Oblast Ministry of Education