North West Queensland schools can apply to receive free fruit for students for a day, to celebrate Woolworths' milestone of 100 million pieces of free fruit given to kids in store.
The national community program was the first national initiative of its kind when it began in 2015, offering apples, bananas, and season pears and mandarins. Woolworths estimates more than 14,000 tonnes of free fruit have been eaten by kids since the program launched - the equivalent to filling more than six Olympic sized swimming pools.
Woolworths Queensland Store Manager Reilly Harrison said as a way to celebrate the milestone of 100 million pieces of fruit to kids, Woolworths wanted to further encourage healthy eating habits and help students get their daily recommended intake of fruit.
"We encourage all schools and early learning centres in North West Queensland to apply for their chance to receive free fruit for each student for a day," Ms Harrison said.
"Parents and kids are also encouraged to pick up a free piece of fruit the next time they visit us in store."
Following Woolworths' Australian-first sourcing policy, 100 per cent of the fruit given away is from local suppliers, like Mackay Bananas in Queensland and Montague Apples in Victoria.
Second generation Alcock Bananas grower Tony Alcock said: "As a family-owned, Aussie business, we're all about taking positive steps to ensure kids build a love for fruit.
"We're thrilled to know so many of our bananas have brought tasty nutrition to many kids over the last five years through Woolworths Free Fruit for Kids program."
Applications to receive free fruit for students are now open. Up to 100 primary schools or early learning centres will be given enough fruit to hand out to each student for one day. To find out more about Woolworths Free Fruit for Kids schools initiative and to apply, visit woolworths.com.au/fruitforschools.
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