Last updated: 29/2/2024

Programme Details

Programme objectives

The programme was introduced to address undernourishment among school-age children whose weight and height did not meet the government's growth reference.

UNSCN 2013. ‘Nutrition Impact of Agriculture and Food Systems’, UNSCN, <>, (accessed 22 May 2018).
Programme components
The programme provides a daily lunch and is complemented by a supplementary school milk programme.
UNSCN 2013. ‘Nutrition Impact of Agriculture and Food Systems’, UNSCN, <>, (accessed 22 May 2018).
Start date
The policy was created in 1952 and became an Act in 1991. Personal communication

Targeting and eligiblity

Targeting methods
Categorical Targeting
Targeted areas
UNSCN 2013. ‘Nutrition Impact of Agriculture and Food Systems’, UNSCN, <>, (accessed 22 May 2018).
Target groups

Coverage and other information

Type of benefits
Amount of benefits
Since 2021, the subsidy has been increased to minimum THB21 per student per day, allocated for schools to carry out the SLP. (A) Depending on the school population this amount changes: (i) 1-40 students, THB36 per person/day (ii) 41-100 students, THB27 per person/day (iii) 101-120 students, THB24 perperson/day (iv) 121 students or more, THB22 per person/day (B) In terms of dairy products: Pasteurized school milk imedian price is THB6.89 THBper bag and UHT school milk is THB8.13 per box
(i) Srisangwan, N., Churak, P., Praditsorn, P., Ponprachanuvut, P., Keeratichamroen, A., Chammari, K., & Sranacharoenpong, K. (2023). Using SWOT Analysis to create strategies for solving problems in implementing school lunch programs in Thailand. Journal of Health Research, 37(6). (ii) Local Education Promotion and Development (2/21/2023): กำชับให้องค์กรปกครองส่วนท้องถิ่นบริหารงบประมาณรายจ่ายประจำปีงบประมาณ พ.ศ. 2566 รายการค่าอาหารกลางวันและค่าอาหารเสริม (นม) โรงเรียน ตามมติคณะรัฐมนตรี ประจำไตรมาสที่ 2 (เดือนมกราคม - มีนาคม 2566) กรณี เงินอุดหนุนด้านการศึกษา [Budget allocation for fiscal year 2023]. นฐ 0023.3/ว 219. Available online at Accessed on 14/11/2023
Payment/delivery frequency
Benefit delivery mechanism
Benefits are delivered in schools.
Benefit recipients
Pre-primary and primary students.
Minimum and maximum duration of benefits (if any)
School lunch programme – 200 to 280 days per year depending on types of school. School milk programme – 260 to 280 days depending types of school.
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Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and frequency
Educational service area staff (ESAS) are assigned by the Primary Educational Service Area Office (PEASO) to supervise, monitor, and evaluate school project implementation standards for school lunches.