5+ A Day

Fruit & Vegetables in Schools

Fruit & Vegetables in Schools Information

Fruit & Vegetables in Schools (FIS) is a government-funded initiative that provides daily fresh fruit and vegetables to children in low-decile schools. The initiative was piloted in 25 schools in 2004 and grown to reach:

  • 21 regions across New Zealand
  • 563 schools (around 25% of NZ primary schools)
  • 123,000 children and staff
  • 27,000,000 servings of fresh fruit and vegetables every year


The 5+ A Day Charitable Trust supports FIS by providing curriculum-linked resources that support learning with a selection of engaging eBooks and accompanying interactive activities in the areas of germination, composting, physical activity and eating seasonally.

Criteria for schools to join FIS:

  • Decile 1 or 2
  • Years 1-8 students 


Download the 2022 FIS Fact Sheet here.


Download the External Evaluation of Fruit in Schools Final Report - August 2018 here.


For more information visit the education website, link here.