Horsham West Primary School Fresh Fruit Friday fun

HORSHAM West Primary School students participated in their first Fresh Fruit Friday for 2014 on Friday.

Fruit and vegetables were provided by Safeway Horsham after the State Government axed its original initiative, Free Fruit Friday, in July 2012. 

New co-ordinator Sue McKenry said the parents club at Horsham West wanted to continue the program so it approached Safeway in 2013. 

The business now provides a range of fruit and vegetables to the school.

“I think it is just showing kids healthy eating and giving them a chance to taste fruit and vegetables,” Ms McKenry said.

Ms McKenry said the program showed some parents that their children did like eating fruit and vegetables and encouraged them to include healthy food in their lunch boxes.

“Some children have not had the chance to taste different fruit and vegetables and turn out enjoying the different flavours,” she said.

On Friday, Safeway provided a trolley full of a variety of fruit and vegetables and 10 parents volunteered their time to help prepare the food for students.

The government ran the Free Fruit Friday program from 2007 to 2012 in 300 schools in Victoria to tackle childhood obesity.

Each school received a minimum of $40 a week to provide fruit and vegetables to students in years prep to two.

The government axed the program to make way for a $40-million health promotion program.

Horsham West Primary School has Fresh Fruit Friday once a month.

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