Explanation on lunch meals

Since 2011, Leistungen für Bildung und Teilhabe (benefits for education and participation) have been taken into consideration for children, teenagers and young adults in addition to their regular monthly requirements.

This includes taking over the costs for communal midday meals at nursery school and school.

  • Who receives this benefit?

    Nursery school children,

    school pupils,

    • who attend a general or vocational school,
    • who do not receive any training payment,
    • who are younger than 25 years old,
    • who receive benefits in accordance with Book II of the Sozialgesetzbuch (SGB II), Book XII of the Sozialgesetzbuch (SGB XII) – German Social Insurance Code, the Asylbewerberleistungsgesetz (AsylbLG – Asylum Seekers' Benefits Act), housing benefit (Wohngeld) or child benefit (Kinderzuschlag).
  • How is the benefit performed?

    Would your child like to participate in communal midday meals at nursery school (Kiga) or within the scope of school responsibility? Then submit an application. To do this, simply take the MACH MIT : : Mittagessen in Kindergarten & Schule (Midday meals in nursery school/school) : : form from the “Komm – Mach mit” checkbook, and, complete the front page of the application. Have the reverse side completed by the provider (e.g. nursery school, support association (Förderverein), caterer). Submit the completed form to Pro Arbeit.

    Your Administrator will check the application and transfer the money directly onto the stated account of the responsible body (e.g. Stadtkasse – city treasury) if it is approved. In addition, you must pay a minimal self-contribution of EURO 1 per meal.

  • Self-contribution? What is this? How does it work?

    Pro Arbeit covers the costs. As you have to pay a self-contribution toward these costs, with your application, you authorise Pro Arbeit to transfer your monthly additional payment directly from your monthly requirements to the service provider (e.g. city treasury, support association). As a result, the complete amount can be sent to the provider.
    For nursery school children, you have to pay a monthly lump sum of EURO 20.*
    For school children, EURO 1 is calculated for every school day.*

    * This regulation does not apply if your self-contribution is invoiced to you directly by the provider.

Guidelines for completion of the applications KOMM – MACH MIT
You may claim the costs from the beginning of the month in which the application is submitted. Applications can be made for children, teenagers and young adults if they are under 25 years, attend school and do not receive training payment. Applications can also be submitted for children if they go to nursery school. Please find more details on the application forms.

Important guidelines on data protection
Your data will be processed in accordance with the legal regulations (§§ 60 to 65 Book I of the Sozialgesetzbuch (SGB I - German Social Insurance Code) and the § 67 a, b, c Book X of the Sozialgesetzbuch (SGB X). Your data will be kept confidential (social secrecy principle).