According to recent reports in the media, there is a large percentage of children who are going to school without breakfast and adequate nutrition.  This has been highlighted as a major issue in the Bendigo region particularly, where struggling families are having to contend with the rising costs of living.

The McKern Foundation, in partnership with JL King & Co., Porter Davis, Adroit, Orrcon, Bendigo Weekly, has developed the Fresh Fruit Friday initiative.  Our vision is to see every primary school in Bendigo equipped with a selection of fresh fruit on a weekly basis.

To date, we have 31 schools on-board, and the feedback received has been incredibly pleasing.

“What has been particularly pleasing to see is the enjoyment amongst our older children in grade 5 and 6 who were in disbelief that they were receiving free fruit each Friday morning”. –Primary School 1

“It is terrific to see children who may not get the opportunity to eat fresh fruit be able to do so”. – Primary School 2

“The fresh fruit has been fantastic, we are now able to give all of our students at least one piece of fruit each Friday”. – Primary School 3

Together with our special group of partners, we are contributing to the health and wellbeing of our children and the wider Community.

31 schools
10,458 students
855 kg’s of fruit delivered per week