School Meals Scheme

The School Meals Programme provides funding towards the provision of food services for disadvantaged school children.

More information on the Programme is available in the below links:

To calculate the estimated value of the contract, you can use the Excel file below – add the number of students and amend the number of days, if necessary:

School Meals Calculator

To procure a service provider for the provision of Hot Meals, the steps below must be followed:

  1. When the contract value is below €50,000, for the months April-June 2024, the school can obtain three proposals using the template documents below to facilitate the roll-out of the scheme:
    1. Request for Proposal (RFP), to use when seeking a minimum of three proposals from service providers to service your school’s requirements.
    2. Proposal Response Document (PRD), which service providers will return completed on or before the stated deadline for the submission of proposals has been reached.
    3. Service Level Agreement (SLA)

      Guidance on the proper evaluation of proposals received is available on request.

  2. When the contract value is above €50,000, a tender process is required. To publish a tender, the school will need to:
    1. Have an eTenders account:
      • If you have previously used eTenders’ old platform, but not the new one, please check the first-time login guide to the new platform here.
      • If you are unsure your school has an eTenders account, you can email with your school’s details and they will assist you in retrieving your login credentials or setting up a new school’s account.
      • Besides the main school account, one other staff/BOM member must be named as an evaluator, as two people are needed to publish a tender.
    2. Amend the documents below according to the school’s needs:
    3. Publish a Call For Tender (CFT) on eTenders. Guidance is available below:
    4. Guidance on evaluation will follow shortly.

      Guidance on the tender process, including the evaluation of tenders received, is available on request.