Last updated: 25/1/2019

Basic Information

Country
Geographic area
Population group
Children

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.

References
UNSCN 2013. ‘Nutrition Impact of Agriculture and Food Systems’, UNSCN, <https://www.unscn.org/files/Publications/Country_Case_Studies/Thailand_case_study_FINAL.pdf>, (accessed 22 May 2018).
Programme components
The programme provides a daily lunch and is complemented by a supplementary school milk programme.
References
UNSCN 2013. ‘Nutrition Impact of Agriculture and Food Systems’, UNSCN, <https://www.unscn.org/files/Publications/Country_Case_Studies/Thailand_case_study_FINAL.pdf>, (accessed 22 May 2018).
Start date
1952
References
The policy was created in 1952 and became an Act in 1991. Personal communication
Coverage
School Lunch Programme (SLP) - 6 million beneficiaries (2010) School Milk Programme (SMP) - 8.4 million beneficiaries (2010).
References
UNSCN 2013. ‘Nutrition Impact of Agriculture and Food Systems’, UNSCN, <https://www.unscn.org/files/Publications/Country_Case_Studies/Thailand_case_study_FINAL.pdf>, (accessed 22 May 2018).
Programme expenditure
School Lunch Programme (SLP) – 23,773 million (2017) School Milk Programme (SMP) – 10,818 million (2017)
References
Personal communication

Targeting and eligiblity

Targeting methods
Categorical Targeting
Targeted areas
Nationwide.
References
UNSCN 2013. ‘Nutrition Impact of Agriculture and Food Systems’, UNSCN, <https://www.unscn.org/files/Publications/Country_Case_Studies/Thailand_case_study_FINAL.pdf>, (accessed 22 May 2018).
Target groups
Children
Eligibility criteria
Pre-primary and primary school children participate in the programme.
References
UNSCN 2013. ‘Nutrition Impact of Agriculture and Food Systems’, UNSCN, <https://www.unscn.org/files/Publications/Country_Case_Studies/Thailand_case_study_FINAL.pdf>, (accessed 22 May 2018).

Coverage and other information

Type of benefits
Food
Amount of benefits
One meal per day and 200 ml of milk. UHT milk is also being provided to students to take home during school holidays.
References
UNSCN 2013. ‘Nutrition Impact of Agriculture and Food Systems’, UNSCN, <https://www.unscn.org/files/Publications/Country_Case_Studies/Thailand_case_study_FINAL.pdf>, (accessed 22 May 2018).
Payment/delivery frequency
Daily
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.
References
Personal communication
Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and frequency
A system is in place to track indicators on children's nutrition and health.
References
Personal communication