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Free fruit for schools

Published: 02/11/2021

AdobeStock_76226698.jpgFlintshire’s high school students have been offered free fruit in a new scheme which has been introduced locally.

North Wales Food Poverty Alliance, in partnership with Good Food Flintshire and Flintshire County Council, is providing each student in Flintshire with a free piece of fruit as a mid-morning snack.

Flintshire’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Dave Hughes, said:

“Flintshire has supported many initiatives to combat food poverty and to ensure residents have access to good fresh food including our “Share your lunch” scheme during school holidays and establishing Good Food Flintshire – a social enterprise which has been tackling food poverty since 2018, with significant work being done to support vulnerable residents during the pandemic.

“I fully support this latest initiative to ensure that every high school student in Flintshire has access to fresh fruit each morning.”  

Feedback from one of the schools involved, Ysgol Treffynnon are:

From a staff member: 

“The fruit is fantastic for students in school, it promotes healthy eating and is part of our Wellbeing Agenda in school. The students really enjoy the fruit during breakfast club and break times. It is providing an extra opportunity for students to have fruit free of charge.”

From the students:

“The satsumas are so sweet and juicy, they are amazing!” 

“The free fruit in school is a really good idea, it is promoting healthy eating and it is free.”

“I like having the fruit at break and lunch time, it means I get a healthy snack.”

Jones Price Ltd has been supplying and delivering the fruit every week since September.  The scheme is currently running for three months. The schools have been distributing the fruit themselves and the reaction from all schools has been extremely positive.