Last updated: 24/3/2022

Programme Details

Programme objectives

The programme aims to make students healthy, active and energetic.

References
Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Education 2011. ‘Progress and Recent Trends’, Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Education, <http://www.moe.gov.lk/english/images/publications/Progress_Recent_Trends2011/recent_trends_e.pdf> (accessed 22 May 2018).
Programme components
School feeding is delivered in three modalities: cash-based school meals, where providers are contracted to deliver meals to schools; in-kind school meals supported by the World Food Programme which prepares meals at schools; and a fresh mil programme which provides a glass of milk or yogurt to students. Furthermore, the Ministry of Health provides iron tablets, folic acid, vitamins and deworming medicine as a complement to the programme.
References
World Bank 2015. ‘Sri Lanka – School Feeding’, World Bank, <https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/26538/114316-WP-PUBLIC-SABER-School-Feeding-Sri-Lanka-Country-Report-2015.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y> (accessed 22 May 2018).
Start date
1931
References
World Bank 2015. ‘Sri Lanka – School Feeding’, World Bank, <https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/26538/114316-WP-PUBLIC-SABER-School-Feeding-Sri-Lanka-Country-Report-2015.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y> (accessed 22 May 2018).
Conditionalities (if any)
No formal conditionalities, but the student has to actually attend school to receive the benefit.
References
Arruda, P.; Markhof, Y.; Franciscon, I.; Silva, W. and Bilo, C. 2020. Overview of non-contributory social protection programmes in South Asia from a child and equity perspective. Research Report No. 46. International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth and UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia. < https://ipcig.org/pub/eng/RR46_Overview_of_non_contributory_social_protection_programmes.pdf>. Accessed 22 February 2021.
Coverage
1,105,605 students in 7871 schools benefited from the school meal programme in 2017.
References
WFP. 2017. School Meals Programme. Rome: World Food Programme. <https://bit.ly/2ytIs7v>. Accessed 22 May 2018.
Programme expenditure
LKR 4,941.0 million (2017)
References
Ministry of Education.2018. “Annual Performance Report 2017” <http://www.moe.gov.lk/english/images/publications/2018/apr_e.pdf>. Accessed 18 January 2019.

Targeting and eligiblity

Targeting methods
Categorical Targeting
References
Arruda, P.; Markhof, Y.; Franciscon, I.; Silva, W. and Bilo, C. 2020. Overview of non-contributory social protection programmes in South Asia from a child and equity perspective. Research Report No. 46. International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth and UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia. < https://ipcig.org/pub/eng/RR46_Overview_of_non_contributory_social_protection_programmes.pdf>. Accessed 22 February 2021.
Targeted areas
Nationwide. The school meals supported by the World Food Programme are focused on the Northern province.
References
WFP 2017. ‘WFP Sri Lanka – Country Brief’, WFP, <https://documents.wfp.org/stellent/groups/public/documents/ep/wfp273248.pdf> (accessed 22 May 2018).
Target groups
Children
References
Arruda, P.; Markhof, Y.; Franciscon, I.; Silva, W. and Bilo, C. 2020. Overview of non-contributory social protection programmes in South Asia from a child and equity perspective. Research Report No. 46. International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth and UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia. < https://ipcig.org/pub/eng/RR46_Overview_of_non_contributory_social_protection_programmes.pdf>. Accessed 22 February 2021.
Eligibility criteria
Children in primary schools (for the cash-based school meals and the fresh milk programmes) and children in grades 1-9 in Northern Province schools are eligible for the programmes.
References
[1] Lister, S. et al. 2017. ‘Country Portfolio Evaluation’, Mokoro, <http://mokoro.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Sri_Lanka_CPE_ER_Unique.pdf> (accessed 22 May 2018). [2] WFP. 2017. School Meals Programme. Rome: World Food Programme. <https://bit.ly/2ytIs7v>. Accessed 22 May 2018.

Coverage and other information

Contribution type and amount
No contributions.
References
Arruda, P.; Markhof, Y.; Franciscon, I.; Silva, W. and Bilo, C. 2020. Overview of non-contributory social protection programmes in South Asia from a child and equity perspective. Research Report No. 46. International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth and UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia. < https://ipcig.org/pub/eng/RR46_Overview_of_non_contributory_social_protection_programmes.pdf>. Accessed 22 February 2021.
Type of benefits
Food, deworming and vitamin supplementation.
References
Arruda, P.; Markhof, Y.; Franciscon, I.; Silva, W. and Bilo, C. 2020. Overview of non-contributory social protection programmes in South Asia from a child and equity perspective. Research Report No. 46. International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth and UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia. < https://ipcig.org/pub/eng/RR46_Overview_of_non_contributory_social_protection_programmes.pdf>. Accessed 22 February 2021.
Amount of benefits
Daily meals of around 500 kcal are provided, as well as a glass of milk.
References
World Bank 2015. ‘Sri Lanka – School Feeding’, World Bank, <https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/26538/114316-WP-PUBLIC-SABER-School-Feeding-Sri-Lanka-Country-Report-2015.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y> (accessed 22 May 2018).
Payment/delivery frequency
Daily.
Benefit delivery mechanism
Meals are delivered at schools.
Benefit recipients
Students.
Minimum and maximum duration of benefits (if any)
Benefits are distributed throughout the school year.
Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and frequency
A monitoring and evaluation process is carried out every year at different levels of government (national, provincial, zonal) and there is regular data collection and reporting at all levels.
References
World Bank 2015. ‘Sri Lanka – School Feeding’, World Bank, <https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/26538/114316-WP-PUBLIC-SABER-School-Feeding-Sri-Lanka-Country-Report-2015.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y> (accessed 22 May 2018).
Legal Framework
Circular No. 10/2017 (2017) - most recent guideline from Minstry of Education.
References
Ministry of Education. 2018. “Manual on School Nutrition Programme”. <http://www.moe.gov.lk/english/images/publications/2018/health/sch_manual_e.pdf > Accessed 18 January 2019.
MIS
A management information system (MIS) is in place, however it is not yet automated or web-based. A computer-based school census database collects all basic data related to the programme.
References
World Bank. 2015. “Sri Lanka: School Feeding”. SABER Country Report. Washington, D.C.: World Bank. <https://bit.ly/2J9gKAU>. Accessed 22 May 2018.