2. Two-day training for cooks and nutritionists at 45 target schools
School meal staff from rural areas were trained at the MUST capacity building center to support school feeding human resources in Mongolia. 135 school administrators, cooks and nutritionists from 45 target schools participated.
The training aimed to educate cooks and food production staff on nutritious food menus, different technological approaches to cooking and food preparation, hygiene, manufacturing practices and equipment safety.
The training from MUST was highly beneficial as participants learned new skills like kitchen safety and gluten-free cookie-making. The training will continue to be offered to cooks, nutritionists and school meal staff over the next 2 years.
3. National Forum on School Lunch
Jointly organized by MES, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the National Forum on School Lunch brought together over 1,200 participants including local-level representatives and members of Parliament, government and ministries.
The forum aimed to address challenges in children's food tied to nutritional quality and accessibility as well as how to reduce impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and develop practical solutions. It also aimed to promote nutrition education and raise awareness about healthy school lunches.
The Forum focused on the following school lunch program outcome areas: nutritional quality, program costs, human capacity and access and integrity.
Main recommendations that resulted from discussions included: strengthening collaboration between government, parents, businesses and citizens for school lunches, food safety and nutrition; increasing funding and the available budget to improve food quality and accessibility; seeking international funding for school meals and developing new initiatives; and the promotion of accurate food consumption information and healthy behavioral changes.
The MES will further analyze the forum’s themes and provide recommendations for policy priorities, implementation options and timelines.