Barbara Kuriger, MP for Taranaki – King Country, welcomes the Fruit in Schools programme supplying quality produce to students in over 500 schools in New Zealand this year.
“Healthy eating options play a vital role in helping our kids grow and reach their full potential. So it is great to see the Government continuing the programme which delivers weekly high-quality seasonal fruit and vegetables to certain schools across the country, including in the King Country,” Barbara Kuriger said.
“This year, 543 schools will take part in Fruit in Schools, meaning over 104,000 kids will benefit from healthy eating options. This will also help teach them how to live a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Fruit in Schools complements the Government’s Childhood Obesity Plan. New Zealand is one of the first OECD countries to have a target and a comprehensive plan to tackle childhood obesity,” said Kuriger.
The Government invests about $8 million into the Fruit in Schools programme each year. This is being supported by the extra $568 million going into Health for 2016/17 – taking the total Health budget to a record $16.1 billion.
“We're continuing to get overwhelmingly positive feedback from schools about the success of our Fruit in Schools programme. This includes schools who've been with the programme since it started and also those who came in last year.
“The Government backs the health and wellbeing of those in our communities in the King Country and this programme helps ensure our kids get the best possible start in life,” Kuriger said.
Schools in the local area taking part in this initiative include: Benneydale School, Kawhia School, Matiere School, Kihikihi School, Ohura Valley Primary, Ongarue School, Otorohanga Primary School, Te Kuiti Primary School, and Te Wharekura o Maniapoto (Te Wharekura o Oparure).