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Every day children can add food from the salad bar to their meal

The School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme helps your child achieve 5 A DAY.


Fruit and vegetables are a good source of the nutrients that children need and form part of a healthy, balanced diet.

It's recommended that children – like adults – eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day. But research shows that on average children in England eat only about three portions, with many eating fewer.

For handy tips on how to get more fruit and veg into your children's diet, read 5 A DAY and your family.

The School Fruit and Veg Scheme and your child

If your child is aged four to six and attends a fully state-funded infant, primary or special school, they are entitled to receive a free piece of fruit or vegetable each school day.

That provides one of their 5 A DAY portions, and the scheme also helps to increase awareness of the importance of eating fruit and vegetables, encouraging healthy eating habits that can be carried into later life.

There is a choice of:

  • bananas
  • apples
  • pears
  • carrots
  • tomatoes
  • easy-peel citrus fruits, such as satsumas

* We also offer strawberries when they are in season.