Food is an essential part of a child's welfare and growth. The meals in the schools and child care units teach children and youths about health, eating habits and Finnish food culture.
In child care units and elementary schools the children get a free, healthy, appropriate, well-balanced and supervised lunch every day. In the child care units the children also get breakfast and a snack.
The food is usually Finnish staple food. A good meal constitutes a hot dish, salad, uncooked foodstuffs, bread with spread and beverages. The food is prepared by the municipal central kitchen in Loviisa.