Fruit & Vegetables in Schools (FIS) is a government-funded initiative that provides daily fresh fruit and vegetables to children in low-decile schools. United Fresh manages this initiative and the 5+ A Day Charitable Trust supports FIS by providing curriculum-linked resources that support learning.
The initiative was piloted in 25 schools in 2004 and grown to reach:
Criteria for schools to join FIS:
Download our FIS Fact Sheet here.
External Evaluation of Fruit in Schools Final Report - August 2018
18 Jun 2021
The Global Fruit & Veg Newsletter - June 2021
Initiatives of the Global Alliance for the Promotion of Fruit and Vegetable Consumption, featuring 5+ A Day & Fruit & Vegetables in Schools New Zealand
10 Mar 2021
Produce Industry Launches UN Initiative in New Zealand to Address Hunger and Increase Wellbeing
Aotearoa’s $6 billion fresh produce industry today rolls out a localised UN initiative, as it celebrates the launch of the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables (IYFV).
07 Dec 2020
Free Fruit & Vegetables In Schools More Crucial Than Ever Before
A record 26 million servings of fresh fruit and vegetables will be given to low decile school children next year, with calls to expand the initiative in light of last week’s alarming Poverty Monitor 2020 report.
20 Aug 2020
NZ’s Fruit & Vegetables in Schools Initiative for Vulnerable Children Acknowledged Globally
New Zealand’s most successful and effective school-based nutrition initiative Fruit & Vegetables in Schools (FIS) has been selected for inclusion in a report for the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
15 Apr 2020
5000 5+ A Day Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Boxes Diverted to Families During Covid-19
Fresh produce deemed for the Fruit and Vegetables in Schools (FIS) initiative is now being diverted to families in need during Covid-19 lockdown.
25 Feb 2020
Child Poverty Stats Reaffirm Importance Of Free Fruit & Vegetables In Schools
https://5adayeducation.org.nz/learningNew Zealand’s most successful and effective school-based nutrition initiative is applauding progress to reduce child poverty and says providing fresh fruit and vegetables is crucial to ensure ongoing success.
07 Aug 2019
Free Fruit & Vegetables In Schools Receives Top Marks From NZ Parents
Kiwi parents and school principals overwhelmingly back the Fruit & Vegetables in Schools (FIS) initiative and new research shows there’s a strong desire for the Government-funded scheme to be expanded.
14 Jun 2019
Government extends Fruit & Vegetables in Schools Initiative
The Ministry of Health has confirmed the extension of the United Fresh-managed Fruit & Vegetables in Schools initiative now providing over 120,000 servings of fresh fruit and vegetables each school day nationwide.
27 Aug 2018
Sweet Success: Fruit & Vegetables in Schools Providing Positive Impact
New research into the impact of Fruit & Vegetables in Schools (FIS) has found it is the widest-reaching health initiative for low decile schools in New Zealand, vastly improving health and education outcomes for students.
13 Feb 2017
Fruit in Schools reaches record numbers for 2017
More than 104,000 students are benefitting from the successful Fruit in Schools initiative as a new term kicks off in 2017.
21 Dec 2015
$1.2m extra to expand Fruit & Vegetables in Schools
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Fruit in Schools programme will be expanded to include an extra 77 schools, benefiting an additional 13,000 students.