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Fresh fruit and veg in school can be the healthiest food that children eat daily

A survey of thousands of primary schools in England revealed the value in providing healthy fruits and vegetables every school day.

Credit: Kidsfruit

Credit: Kidsfruit

The survey was conducted by Kidsfruit, a division of Minor Weir and Willis Ltd, a major supplier of the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme. The scheme provides a free piece of fruit or vegetable to 2.3M children in KS1 in16,600 state funded primary schools in England each school day. The survey was conducted during June and July 2020 and received 2,256 replies.

Key findings:

  • Fresh fruit in school can be the healthiest food that children eat daily
  • Schools and parents cannot afford to buy themselves
  • A classroom setting encourages all of the children to try new fruits and vegetables
  • Helps the children maintain willingness to learn, behaviour, concentration and energy levels.
  • Supports social wellbeing and mental health
  • Encourages them to choose fruit as a healthy snack
  • Children ask for fruit in the classroom
  • Teaches the children to eat healthily all day in school
  • It is a leveller in the classroom
  • Could be the first thing that they eat in the morning

Check the full results in the report or in the Kidsfruit website.

Kidsfruit joins Sustain and a growing number of organisations calling for the expansion of the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme to all children in primary school.  

5 Jan 2021
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