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.

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Government funding for the Fruit in Schools contract was due to roll

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