Fruit, veges on offer to families

03:20, May 23 2014
toni smith and suzanne milmine
HEALTHY FOOD PROJECT: Ranui Kindergarten teachers Toni Smith, left, and Suzanne Milmine, with the health kai the kindergarten is supplying to families.

Ranui Kindergarten is doing its bit to help families get their five plus a day.

Each week the kindergarten supplies bags of fruit and vegetables to families at a cost of $15 per bag.

One year on, the concept - which is part of the kindergarten's Healthy Kai Project - is still going strong, head teacher Toni Smith says.

Timaru Wholesale Produce supplies the fruit and vegetables. All the parents have to do is place their order by lunch time each Tuesday.

Their orders are ready for collection from the kindergarten on the Wednesday.

"It's about us wanting to encourage our families to be eating fresh fruit and vegetables," Smith says.

She says the idea was one the parents were "really keen" to be part of.

Last week's bags contained potatoes, broccoli, carrots, pears, mandarins, apples and kiwifruit. The selection of produce changes from week to week.

"We don't know what we're getting. It's whatever is available and it's seasonal based."


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