StratKIT+ Final Conference

 7 February 2024 (09:30 - 12:00 CET)

Program StratKIT+ Final Conference

Expanding practices for sustainable public meals across the Baltic Sea region

7 February 2024 9.30 - 12.00 CET

9:30 AM

Welcome by moderator

Rose O’Donovan, Moderator, Reporter and Editor AGRA FACTS

9.35 AM

Initiative on sustainable public procurement and sustainable food systems

Wim Debeuckelare, Policy Officer Farm to Fork Strategy, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE)

9.55 AM

Presentation of StratKIT+ project results and the Sustainable Public Meal Toolkit+

Leena Viitaharju, Project Coordinator StratKIT+, University of Helsinki Ruralia Institute (FI)

10.10 AM

Case: Public meals as a driver for sustainability

Sara Seing, Head of Diet Unit and MatLust Development Node, Södertälje Municipality (SE)

10.20 AM

Case: Cooperation with local farmers to support the supply of organic food in schools

Kristin Krinal, Project manager at Development Centre of Võru County (EE)

10.40 AM

10 min. break

10.50 AM

Food Crisis Management

Karen Hamann, CEO of Institute for Food Studies & Agroindustrial Development (DK)

11.10 AM

Case: Crisis management

Katarzyna Brukało, PhD, MBA in healthcare, clinical dietitian and public health specialist, Department of Health Policy, Faculty of Public Health, Medical University of Silesia, Poland (PL)

11.20 AM

Case: CO2 tax on meat

Rasmus Lillelund Lovring, Financial Consultant, Procurement and Supply and Jeppe Deleuran, Financial Consultant, Mayors Department, Aarhus Municipality (DK)

11.35 AM

StratKIT+ beyond the Baltic Sea Region

Sustainable meals and food systems on a local level

Jan Kohlmüller, Coordinator of the Competence Center for Sustainable Nutrition, BioStadt Bremen (DE)

11.55 AM

Questions and closing remarks


Karen Thorsted Hamann

CEO, Head of Research at IFAU Institute for Food Studies & Agro-Industrial Development, Denmark

Leena Viitaharju

StratKIT+ Project Coordinator, Researcher at Ruralia Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland


Policy Officer Farm to Fork Strategy, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE)

Katarzyna Brukało

PhD/MBA in clinical dietitian at Medical University of Silesia, Poland.


Moderator, Reporter, Editor AGRA FACTS

Jan Kohlmüller

Coordinator for the Establishment of the Competence Center for Sustainable Nutrition

Sara Seing

Head of Diet unit in Södertälje Municipality and head of MatLust

Kristin Krinal

Stratkit+ project manager at Development Centre of Võru County and UMA MEKK local food network coordinator at Võru County Farmers Union, Estonia

Jeppe Deleuran

Financial Consultant, Mayors Department, Aarhus Municipality

Rasmus Lillelund Lovring

Financial Consultant, Procurement and Supply, Aarhus Municipality


Danish partners

Central Denmark EU Office

IFAU Institute for Food Studies and Agroindustrial Development

Estonian partners

Baltic restaurants Estonia

Stockholm Environment Institute Tallinn Centre

Development Centre of Võru County

Finnish partners

University of Helsinki Ruralia Institute

German partners


Polish partners

Municipality of Rybnik

Warsaw Municipality

Medical University of Silesia

Swedish partners

Municipality of Södertälje

University of Gothenburg


Riga City Council


Lazdijai District Municipality Administration

Sustainable Public Meal Toolkit

The Sustainable Public Meal Toolkit provides experience-based advice on how to set up innovative strategies and activities for sustainable public procurement and catering services. The toolkit was developed in the Baltic Sea Region countries but can be used in many more places due to the generic descriptions in the tools. Start the change in your municipality, your company, your school, your hospital, or elsewhere!

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The StratKIT+ project guides public authorities, catering providers and others on sustainable procurement for schools, daycare, hospitals, and other public institutions.

There are several institutional, economic, and social barriers when it comes to implementing high-quality criteria into public procurement and catering services. StratKIT+ addresses these challenges by providing new additions to the previously developed Sustainable Public Meal Toolkit (, which helps implement healthy and sustainable food into the public sector within the Baltic Sea Region while providing a community platform for the stakeholders. The toolkit provides practical examples and best practices which can be used as inspiration for all public meal organisations across Europe.

Public meal organisations need support, guidance, and networks in incorporating environmental targets and strategies to their main task of serving nutritionally adequate meals.

The Toolkit was created in the first Interreg BSR project StratKIT (2019–2021, #088), and during the successor StratKIT+ (October 2022 - March 2024) the focus has been on furthering the geographical expansion of the Toolkit across the Baltic Sea Region, including three new partner countries: Latvia, Lithuania, and Sweden.

The developed tools are widely tested in different countries through practical implementation, which include e.g. organic farm visits, cooking training and workshops. The expanded Toolkit is now available in 9 languages: Swedish, Finnish, Estonian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Polish, German, Danish and English. Finally, StratKIT+ has focused on developing a Guide to prepare a Food Crisis Action Plan, which will help public authorities better prepare for future crises that can disrupt the organising of public meals.

The final conference will disseminate learnings from the project as well as present novel best practice cases from 5 different countries. In addition, participants will be updated on the latest policy developments from the European Commission within the field of sustainable food systems and procurement.

Conference target groups: Local public authorities, educational institutions, and food/catering businesses.

Project type: Interreg BSR Small-scale Project
Project implementation: October 2022 - March 2024 (18 months)