Diet for a Green Planet: Diet policy within pre-schools, schools, and elderly care, Södertälje, Sweden

City/Town/Village: Södertälje
County/Province/District (Name of): Stockholm
Sub-national State: n/a
Country: Sweden
Language: English
Spatial Distinction: Urban
Level of Government: Municipality
Population: 96,032
Population Range: 50,000 to 249,999
Policy Type: Non-Binding Policies
Food Systems Sector(s): food acquisition, preparation and consumption; food and organic waste management; food processing and manufacturing; food production; food retail
Year of Adoption: 2010
Adopting Government Department(s): Södertälje Municipality Council
Lead Implementing Entity: n/a
Supporting Entity: n/a
Additional Supporting Entity: n/a
Funding Amount: n/a
Funding Sources: n/a
Policy Links: PDF-Original – Web
Link to Additional Resources: Resource 1
Policy Outcome:

The policy was initially adopted by Södertälje based on the concept previously developed by the European Union, BERAS implementation (2010-13). The policy was introduced to provide nutritious and sustainable food to children, student, and elderly population of the city. The policy sets specific guidelines on the type of foods that should be offered in schools and elderly housing institutions. It encourages the avoidance of highly-processed and genetically modified foods for the target populations in order to avoid diet-related health problems. The policy promotes food hygiene and practicing sustainable food practices as well. Because of the implementation of the policy, Södertälje was declared as the city with the best school meals by White Guide Junior, Sweden. The city also attained the goal of using approximately 60% organic ingredients in its meals.

Policy Keywords: buy local; children; consumption; elderly; food nutritional programme for vulnerable groups; food policy; food processing; health; health equity; health policy; healthy food; hygiene; nutrition; nutritional meals; school meal program