Case Study: Free Lunch Meals Provision during the Remote Learning Conditions.

Affiliation

Beitane I(1), Kruma Z(2), Kince T(2), Sabovics M(2), Iriste S(1), Muizniece-Brasava S(2), Bujaka J(1), Strode S(2), Ciprovica I(2).
Author information:
(1)Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Food Technology, Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies, Jelgava LV-3004, Latvia.
(2)Department of Food Technology, Faculty of Food Technology, Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies, Jelgava LV-3004, Latvia.

Abstract

School meals for grade 1 to 4 pupils in Latvia are financed by the government, but with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, and following the remote learning process, there were problems related to the delivery of these meals for pupils. The current situation in Latvia has been exacerbated again due to the spread of the pandemic; there is a great necessity to find well-thought-out solutions to ensure school lunches outside the school. The aim of this study was to develop recommendation-based one-week food packs for grade 1 to 4 pupils, providing the necessary amount of nutrients and energy. Four food packs were designed to provide five-day lunch meals for pupils, preparing a warm lunch at home. Protein, fat, saturated fatty acids, carbohydrates, sugar, dietary fiber, sodium, salt and calcium content of meals were analyzed according to standard methods. During the project, the most appropriate solution for food packs was explored. The four designed food packs will provide support to municipalities, because the composition of food packs complies with the nutrition and energy value regulation and does not exceed the planned budget. Parents will receive the developed recipe book in addition to a one-week food pack.