Restart the School Fruit & Vegetable Scheme

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The School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme (SFVS) is a Government programme that launched in 2004 and is run by the Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC). It provides a free piece of fruit or veg to every 4-6 year-old who attends a fully state-funded primary, infant or special school. The SFVS distributes 450 million pieces of fruit a year to 2.3 million children.  You can read more about the SFVS here.

The Scheme was suspended entirely in March 2020 when the schools closed to all but key and essential workers' children and vulnerable children.

We are calling on the government to confirm that the scheme will restart by September 2020 at the latest.  As of 29 June we have had no assurance that the scheme will return, at all.

For some children, the SFVS fruit and veg may be the first thing they eat that morning or the only piece of fruit and veg they eat all day. Cutting the SFVS impacts the most disadvantaged children the hardest, at a time when we know that children’s nutrition is suffering. A recent piece of research by Northumbria University shows a ‘massive decrease in fruit and vegetable intake’ after lockdown among children who would usually receive free school meals.

The campaign is being run by Hannah Cameron McKenna and Sarah Pritchard, supported by Feeding Britain, Chefs in Schools, The Soil Association, Bite Back 2030 and Sustain.  You can contact Hannah (@hannahrcameron) and Sarah (@SarahfPritchard) via Twitter with any questions.