School catering by Tartu Vocational College
Tartu International School is catered for by Tartu Vocational College. Prepared meals are brought to the school in thermal boxes, which are checked and distributed by the school’s dinner lady. Our menu is the result of cooperation between dieticians, caterers, students, parents, and teachers. All meals are freshly prepared. We do not serve semi-processed food and do not use artificial flavour enhancers, preservatives or colourings.
Cost of school lunch
The cost of our catering service is 3.40 EUR per student per day; 1.00 EUR of the school lunch is covered by the Estonian state, and 2.40 EUR by parents. It includes offering a warm lunch and a simple afternoon snack (fruits, crackers, rice cakes). Costs are calculated based on the days a student is present.
Every day a gluten-free, pork-free and vegetarian version of the regular menu is offered. Milk and bread are provided on a daily basis. Students are allowed to bring their own lunch box, but it must be in agreement with the class teacher. It is possible to reheat food brought from home in the school’s dining room.
Our students eat lunch in four groups.
11:30–11:45 Grades 1-2 and 3;
12:00–12:15 Grade 4;
12:15–12:30 Grades 7-8 and 9;
12:30–12:45 Grades 5 and 6.
Allergies and food intolerance
In case of any food intolerances or allergies, please notify the student’s class teacher. A list of allergens can be found here.
From January 2020 our school is part of a programme called Vegetarian Tuesday (Taimne Teisipäev). It promotes healthy eating habits and a balanced diet. This programme helps schools to include more vegetables in students’ meals, offer new taste experiences and make school menus more diverse. Once a week our school provides a meat-free menu for the whole school. Read more about the programme here.