Beemart’s Jack Robinson, Oscar the Orange, Naomi Guppy and St Joseph ’s Catholic School students Jack Grima, Keely Stewart, Ryan Stanton and Alex Wallace taste test some fresh fruit.
Beemart’s Jack Robinson, Oscar the Orange, Naomi Guppy and St Joseph ’s Catholic School students Jack Grima, Keely Stewart, Ryan Stanton and Alex Wallace taste test some fresh fruit. Max Fleet

Fruity guests visit school

BUNDABERG Fruit and Vegetable Growers (BFVG) is spearheading a program to take free fresh fruit into schools across the region.

The program will deliver fruit supplied by local growers directly to classrooms from Childers to Agnes Water, as part of BFVG’s “Free Fresh Fruit Frenzy”, designed to get youngsters eating healthily.

Among the participating schools is St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, where Year 2 pupils Alex Wallace and Jack Grima had a friendly fruit face-off over whether strawberries, bananas, apples or oranges were better.

In the end, they simply agreed that “fruit is yummy”.

The program also includes presentations from BFVG representatives and Oscar The Orange.

Beemart banana merchandiser Jack Robinson supplied the fruit for yesterday’s visit in support of the venture.

“Every kid should get the vitamins in fruit,” Mr Robinson said.

“It’s good to see more parents and kids buying fresh fruit and vegetables.”

BFVG executive officer Peter Peterson said the “Free Fresh Fruit Frenzy” would help kids understand the importance of eating healthy fresh fruit, vegetable and nuts.

“It’s a great opportunity to help our kids learn in and out of the classroom, and taste the local fresh produce,” Mr Peterson said.

“Students learn simplistically how fruit and vegetables are grown, harvested, packed and are sent to the Brisbane Markets, then in store for their parents to buy, as well as taste test our local fruit and vegetables.”

Eat more fruit:

Now is a great time to eat seasonal fruits such as watermelon, peaches, bananas, and rockmelon.

Bananas, apples, pears and strawberries are also popular with kids.



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