Dudley MP Ian Austin met Bramford Primary School’s Head Teacher Lisa Guest in Parliament today to talk about how kids in her school are benefiting from free fruit and veg.
Austin attended an event to promote The School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme (SFVS), a government programme that has been running since 2002. The SFVS entitles every child aged four to six in state schools to a free piece of fruit or vegetable each school day.
This fantastic scheme helps 2.3m pupils in 16,500 primary schools across the UK and provides children with healthy food during the school day, as well as introducing them to foods that they might not have known about before.
Austin also met with Clare Colquhoun from Birmingham based Minor Weir and Willis Ltd, the fresh produce company which has been supplying fruit for the SFVS project since 2002.
Ian Austin said:
“Healthy eating at a young age is so important for physical health and learning, so it was great meet Mrs Guest and staff from Minor Weir and Willis to talk about kids in Dudley benefitting from this great scheme.
“I have always said that education is my number one priority and teaching kids about a healthy diet and physical health is part of that.
“I fully support this scheme and I hope that the government keeps running it far in to the future.”