Fruit for thought – Setting up an organic buying group at school

Resource: Case study Age: Primary

Park End Primary School is situated in a deprived area of south-east Middlesbrough. There are nearly 400 children on its roll, and 78 children in the nursery.

Park End Primary School has made it easier for their pupils’ families to eat better by setting up a fruit co-op. Every Wednesday the school receives fruit from a wholesaler. Two members of staff and a couple of parents bag all the fruit and sell it in the playground. Some of the parents pre-order bags at £3 each. So far the co-op has been a great success with sales of 60-70 bags per week. After the summer holidays the co-op is considering branching into selling vegetables as well. Any leftovers go to the school kitchen.

Co-op is “affordable and easy”

Since the school is located in a deprived area, Noreen Walker, Parent Support Advisor, tells us that she and her colleagues have been using their Food for Life Partnership work to encourage the families to live a healthier lifestyle generally.

She says:
“Working with the Food for Life Partnership has really highlighted the importance of eating healthy and sustainable food to us. We've been growing our own organic food in our school allotment for a while and the co-op seemed like a logical next step. It makes it affordable and easy for parents to get fruit for their family.”

An organic spread

Parents are encouraged to get involved in cooking, growing and food events at Park End Primary School. Noreen says the feedback from parents has been fantastic and she estimates that at least half a dozen of families now grow organic food at home as a result of the growing they have done in school.





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