A meal allowance is the allowance meant to compensate for the cost of a daily school meal of a child or a student.
Right to apply – a family whose place of residence registered in the Population Register of Estonia is the City of Tartu and whose actual place of residence is in the administrative territory of the City of Tartu.
Right to receive – a family whose net income per family member for the six months preceding the application is less than 50% of the minimum wage established by the Government of the Republic, i.e. 215 euros in 2016.
Family members are deemed to be the following persons who live in the same dwelling and have a shared household:
1) persons who are married or in a relationship similar to marriage;
2) ascendants and descendants related in the first and second degree;
3) other persons who have a shared household.
The allowance compensates:
- a child for 100% of the cost of a daily school meal;
- a student of an upper secondary school for the actual cost of a daily school meal up to the maximum rate of the cost of a daily school meal established by Tartu City Government;
- a student of a vocational educational institution for the difference between the maximum rate of the cost of a daily school meal established by Tartu City Government and the school meal allowance allocated by the State.
In order to apply, the applicant submits an application to a child protection specialist or a social work specialist of the regional centre of the Department of Social Welfare and Health Care of Tartu City Government of their place of residence at the following times:
from 1 to 20 August and from 1 to 20 February for a child attending a pre-school child care institution;
The allowance is granted for the period from 1 September to 28 (29) February and from 1 March to 31 August.
from 1 to 20 August for a student who studies at the upper secondary school level of a general education school and in a vocational educational institution on the basis of a basic school.
The allowance is granted for an academic year.
Upon submission of an application at a time different from that prescribed before the 15th day of a current month, the allowance is granted as from the 16th day of the current month and, upon submission of an application after the 15th day, the allowance is granted from the first day of the next calendar month.
In an application, the applicant specifies the names, personal identification codes and social status of the persons to be taken into account upon the granting of an allowance.
Documents that are to be appended to the application certify the following:
the identity of the family members (upon application for the allowance for the first time; birth certificate, ID card);
the studies of the family members of over 16 years of age (upon application for the allowance for the first time; in the event of students, a valid student card or a certificate issued by the school);
the net income of the family members during the six preceding months (if income cannot be certified, the applicant will verify it with their signature);
the amount of the maintenance support paid, the receipt of the maintenance support or a claim of maintenance support for the six preceding months;
the banking transactions of the family members conducted in the six preceding months (bank statement).
The allowance is granted by a child protection specialist or a social work specialist on the basis of the submitted documents. The allowance is transferred to the bank account of the child care institution, school or the catering service provider.
The translation has been made under the “Exchange of information by Department of Social Welfare and Health Care of Tartu City Government about public services” project of the Department of Social Welfare and Health Care of Tartu City Government and is co-financed by the European Union through the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and by the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Estonia.