The State Fund Agriculture has approved 92 applicants under the School Fruit Scheme and 81 applicants under the School Milk Scheme so far. During the school year 2021/2022, 414,644 children from 3,189 schools and kindergartens will receive fruits and vegetables under the School Fruit Scheme. Under the School Milk Scheme, dairy products will be given in 3,214 schools where 403,672 children study.
The list of approved applicants is promptly updated on the website of the State Fund Agriculture. Only applications, for which additional information from the suppliers has been requested in writing by the fund, are pending under the school schemes. Based on the responses, pending applications will be closed with an act of approval or refusal to participate in the schemes. In the school year 2021/2022, under the School Fruit and School Milk schemes, in addition to conventionally produced fresh fruits, vegetables and milk and dairy products, organic products will be also delivered for the children.
Children in all schools implementing the School Schemes will also receive honey - minimum 3 and not more than 6 times per school year. The deliveries will be made as per a time schedule, specified in advance and agreed upon with the school director. We remind you that according to Art. 15, para 9 of the ordinance on the terms and conditions for application of the School Schemes, all approved applicants may change the provided time schedule for the deliveries of fruits, vegetables, milk, dairy products and honey within 10 days after the issuance of their act of approval.
The time schedule provided by the applicant can be changed also in case of change of the school days by the competent authorities. The State Fund for Agriculture will exercise control over the implementation of the schemes in the school year 2021/2022. The compliance with the quality requirements, the timely fulfillment of the set delivery schedules, as well as the verification of the documents submitted by the approved applicants and also the compliance of the actually delivered total quantities of products in one shipment with the statutorily determined weights of the single portions of the different types of products, will be strictly monitored. We remind that the two school schemes are not intended to feed children in schools. They are aimed at instilling lasting habits in children to consume fresh Bulgarian fruits and vegetables and quality dairy products, domestic production.
1 September 2021 SF Agriculture – PA