Food in schools policy

Information on the Food in Schools Policy - Healthy Food for Healthy Outcomes

Policy on food in schools

Following public consultation, the Department of Education and the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety have published their joint Food in Schools policy.  

The document articulates the Departments’ policy in relation to all food in schools, support available, roles, responsibilities and funding.  This policy applies to all grant-aided schools and came into effect from 24 September 2013.

The policy including an easy read version can be viewed in English and Irish using the links below:

The Department of Education has issued a circular to inform schools about the introduction of the policy.

Further background information on the consultation exercise, including an analysis of the responses, can be found on our: 

Contact details

If you have any queries regarding the policy please contact:



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