Local farmers encourage kids to get a healthy start to their day

Posted by Josette Dunn on 10th September 2010

Local farmers Tony and Sandra Ceravolo are helping teach kids at Enfield Primary School about fruit grown in their local area and the importance of eating fresh fruit.

They visited Enfield Primary School on Tuesday 7 September 2010 from 10am on behalf of Coles and the Red Cross Good Start Breakfast Club program.

Tony, who is a supplier of apples, pears, cherries and nectarines to Coles stores, said the opportunity to teach kids about farming in the local area and support the Red Cross Good Start Breakfast Club program was both a rewarding and an enjoyable experience.

“It’s always great to spend time with children and show them how the fruit they have for breakfast each day is grown,” Tony said.

John Iannunzio Principal of Enfield Primary School said the Good Start Breakfast Club program had a profound impact on students since the school joined the program.

Parents and teachers are enthusiastic about Tony visiting the school to speak to children about healthy eating and fresh produce.

“Having a local farmer come in and speak to the kids about how fruit is grown helps to get the message across about the importance of eating fresh food,” John said.

Since 2006, Coles has been supporting the program and its endeavour to educate not only children, but also their families about the importance of healthy eating at home and school. To date, Coles’ total contribution is more than $2 million and this year, Coles committed $700,000 to the program.

The Red Cross Good Start Breakfast Club Program operates in over 260 schools nationwide, and provides free breakfasts and nutrition education to positively influence attitudes towards healthy eating, while also improving life skills and the ability to learn.