Keep free fruit and veg in our schools
School Food Matters is proud to sign a letter urgently seeking clarity on the status of the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme, which has been suspended since March 2020.
Now that schools and nurseries are open, the joint letter asks the Secretary of State The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson, and Minister of State for Schools, The Rt Hon Vicky Ford and the Secretary of State for Health, The Rt Hon Matt Hancock to confirm the following:
1. When the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme will be reinstated.
2. That schools caterers providing fruit to eligible children in the absence of the scheme will be reimbursed.
3. The scheme is extended to all primary children when the contract is renewed in 2022.
4. That more local and British produce is sourced through the scheme.
We are hopeful Government will respond promptly to our letter and provide assurance that the Scheme will be restarted by September, or 2.3 million children will miss out on their daily fruit & veg.
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