Cheick Saidou / agriculture.gouv.fr

Numerous French primary schools have expressed a desire to join in the sustainable development movement by developing their supply of local high-quality products, particularly organic products. Moving from theory to practice often necessitates a large initial investment, particularly for small communities: School cafeterias generally need to equip themselves with materials allowing for cooking fresh products, reducing food waste, or getting rid of plastic containers.

This is the reason the French Recovery Plan is supporting (with a total of 50 million euros) projects for school cafeterias in small communities wishing to further develop their supply of healthy, sustainable, and local products.

This measure includes:

  • Purchasing necessary equipment and material for cooking and processing fresh products (peelers, food processors, etc.), and for fighting against food waste (large refrigerators, sorting tables, salad bar, etc.)
  • Investments in software and electronic communication and other immaterial investments
  • Intellectual services (audits, studies, training kitchen staff, etc.)

The aid is aimed at the most economically disenfranchised small communities and has a special focus on communities in France’s overseas territories.

To benefit from the aid, the small communities must meet the eligibility conditions and send a formal request for the grant. Nearly 11,000 small communities across France should be eligible to receive it.