For our survey we contacted 7,652 primary schools and 621 schools responded.
During the Autumn 2021 term the children enjoyed: Apples, Pears, Carrots, Bananas, Cocktail Tomatoes, and Soft Citrus
96.1% of the 621 respondents noticed a positive impact on the mood and well-being of school children, when giving them fruit and vegetables every day in the class room.
87.9% of the 621 respondents noticed a positive impact on the children’s concentration and learning behaviour in the class room, when giving them fruit and vegetables.
32.4% of the 621 respondents indicated that the mid-morning free fruit could be the very first food that the children eat for as many as a half of the children in their class each school day.
74.8% of the 621 respondents said that they were able to incorporate learning about fruit and vegetables, and healthy eating, into discussion when they hand out free fruit and vegetables in class. Confirming that it really adds value to the curriculum.
80.8% of the 621 respondents reported that older children continued to carry on to some degree with healthy eating habits, after receiving free fruit and vegetables as a snack in primary school.
96% of the 621 respondents said that they would like to see all children receive free fruit and vegetables, every school day.
21.4% of the 621 respondents noted that families may have a lack of knowledge of the values that healthy eating brings to the children.
61% of the 621 respondents noted that a lack of affordability was the main barrier to families eating more fresh fruit and vegetables
91.8% of the 621 respondents believed that children should have access to up to 3 pieces of fruit and vegetables for snacking in a school day.
The feedback further emphasizes the value of intervention and the value of eating healthy snacks each day as part of the formal education.