Pascal Xicluna / agriculture.gouv.fr

Fifty percent of meat consumed in school cafeterias in France is currently imported. The French government has made the supply of fresh, high quality, local foods in institutional catering a priority. Julien Denormandie, French Minister of Agriculture and Food, recently announced new measures to strengthen the quality of food in institutional catering.

Inform

Knowing the origin of food products is the first step in changing behavior. In order to strengthen transparency on the origin of the majority of meat in institutional catering, particularly in schools, a decree will be issued before the end of 2021 to require origin labeling on meat provided in cafeterias before the end of 2022.

Lead by example

It is also necessary that the French government lead by example. This is why, the government will propose that by 2024, 100% of meat offered in cafeterias will be high quality meat under an official quality sign.

Invest

Finally, proposing fresh and local products in cafeterias requires investments like new cooking equipment and training for workers. The French Recovery Plan will allow for these sorts of investments all along the logistical supply chain:

  • By supporting small communities with a 50 million euro investments. Today, more than 420 local governments have been able to benefit from these funds, allowing more than 100,000 students to have access to more fresh and local products, all across France. This financing is still available to local governments and school cafeterias managers.
  • A fund of 80 million euros is also available to help local governments develop projects to supply cafeterias with local sources of food. In one year, the French Recovery Plan has supported 202 projects of this type all across France.