Oranges, apples and plums are becoming just as crucial to some Bay of Plenty classrooms as a pen and paper.
More than 11,000 Bay of Plenty children at low-decile primary and intermediate schools have been reaping the benefits of fresh fruit and veges in the classroom.
Now the 5+ A Day Charitable Trust is calling for the initiative to be rolled out to every decile 3 school in the country.
Forty-five schools in the Bay region and 26 schools in the Lakes District benefit from the produce daily.
Government funding for the Fruit in Schools contract was due to roll