We were excited to welcome dozens of MPs and House of Commons staff to a special event in the Houses of Parliament, which highlighted the benefits of the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme (SFVS).
As a leading supplier to the scheme, which provides a Government-funded piece of fruit or vegetable each day to all Key Stage 1 (four to six year-old) children in state-funded English primary schools, we were keen to demonstrate just how youngsters are benefitting from it.
Each school year, the programme delivers more than 400 million pieces of fresh fruit and vegetables to more than 2.3 million children in 16,600 schools – statistics that surprised some of the people who attended the event.
Mark Driver, of Kids Fruit, said: “For many youngsters, the SFVS produce may be the only fresh fruit or vegetables they eat in a day. The scheme provides children with a healthy, mid-morning boost and it also offers a great opportunity for them to try new foods with their classmates, which in itself is a valuable social occasion.”
Kids Fruit also hosts classroom workshops with pupils at its partner schools, to educate them about the benefits of healthy eating and to introduce new fruit and vegetables into their diet – and pupils are always excited to try out different produce.
“Over the years we’ve worked with several MPs to raise awareness of the scheme, with a number of them coming along to our workshops to see the difference fresh produce makes to the pupils,” said Mark.
“We wanted to host this special event in the Houses of Parliament to update them on the scheme’s ongoing success and the fantastic impact it is having on the health and wellbeing of children in England, and it also gave some MPs the opportunity to try fruits that they hadn’t tried before.”