About BGN 8 million (a little over 4 million Euro) will be allocated this year for the supply of fresh fruit and milk to kindergartens and schools. Bulgaria is receiving EUR 2.593 million from the EU for fruit and EUR 1.156 million for milk and milk products. The budget allocation is indicative and additional national funding is also used. The scheme works in a way that any funds left unspent in previous years are redistributed in the new period. This means that Bulgaria has about 600,000 Euro more than last year.
The support under the scheme is planned for up to the school year 2022/2023, and the estimated national budget for the whole period is BGN 124.991 million (almost 64 million Euro). The quality scheme requirements remain the same. Only fresh fruits and vegetables such as apples, pears, peaches, plums, grapes, bananas, tangerines, oranges, tomatoes, cucumbers and carrots are delivered. Under the milk scheme, students receive yogurt, cheese and yellow cheese produced according to the Bulgarian State Standard (BDS).
The EU School Nutrition Scheme aims to promote a healthy and balanced diet through the provision of fruit, vegetables and dairy products, as well as through education programs in agriculture and nutrition.