Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Austin visits primary school to talk about healthy eating

SFVS_Ian_Austin_Bramford_Primary.jpegDudley MP Ian Austin visited Bramford Primary School today to meet Head Teacher Lisa Guest and year 1 pupils who are benefitting from free fruit and veg at school.

The School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme (SFVS) is 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 to go along to Bramford Primary School today and meet pupils who are benefitting from this great scheme and it’s really important the government continue it in future.

“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.

“Thanks to Clare and Lisa for inviting me in and letting me see how this scheme is benefiting the kids at Bramford Primary, I’ll be writing to government ministers to say how important this scheme is to kids in Dudley”

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