School life just got a whole lot sweeter for the children at Mayfield School in Blenheim.
They will receive free fruit most school days this year, under the government's Fruit in Schools programme targeting high needs primary and intermediate schools.
Mayfield School principal David Nott said the older children could munch on the fruit at morning tea, and junior children would be given chopped fruit and encouraged to graze throughout the day.
Fruit will be dropped off at the school twice weekly.
Children could also help themselves to excess fruit in supermarket bags at the school entrance.
"We have some children come to school hungry and for them a piece of fruit is their first meal of the day," Mr Nott said.
"We are of the belief ‘healthy body, healthy mind'.
The kids absolutely love the fruit and parents have backed it because it is one less thing from them to put in the school lunch boxes."
- The Marlborough Express