Southern Co-op hand out free food to pupils

FRUIT Youngsters have fun
FRUIT Youngsters have fun
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FREE fruit was on offer to Portsmouth’s schoolchildren when the Southern Co-operative launched a new healthy eating scheme.

Yesterday youngsters were able to pick up apples and bananas from many Co-op shops around the city, and they will be able to do the same on two further Fridays.

School pupils will have to visit the stores while wearing their school uniforms between 7.30am and 8.30am, or 3.30pm and 5.30pm, to collect a complimentary piece of fruit.

The Free Fruit Friday project was launched yesterday morning by Linvoy Primus.

The former Pompey fans’ favourite handed out fruit for an hour alongside Southern Co-operative employees from the Co-op’s promotional trailer.

Dips Hathi, store manager at the Co-op in Winter Road, was at the launch and said: ‘The free fruit went down very well with all ages – from the very young to teenagers and health conscious parents.

‘Feedback has been very positive about our campaign and we hope it will go some way to promoting healthy eating to youngsters by providing one of their five a day.

‘Our colleagues dressed as fruit characters at the launch, which added to the fun of the event, and helped to get the healthy eating message across in an entertaining way.’

The pilot campaign will be repeated on June 17 and 24 and to see if a Co-op near you is taking part go online at: