Pick of the Crop

Getting kids to eat more vegetables and fruit.

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Pick of the Crop

This whole-school healthy eating initiative aims to increase opportunities for Queensland primary school children to learn about and eat more vegetables and fruit.

Pick of the Crop is supporting Queensland state schools to boost their student’s consumption of vegetables and fruit through locally agreed school actions.

Pick of the Crop is consistent with the Smart Choices – Healthy Food and Drink Supply Strategy for Queensland Schools and the latest Australian and international evidence of good practice.

The initiative started with 35 state schools in Bowen, Bundaberg and Logan as a pilot in 2020, and since then has grown to reach more students in state schools across Queensland. Regions include[1]:

  • Far North Queensland
  • North Queensland (including Bowen, the Burdekin and Townsville)
  • North Coast (including Bundaberg, Wide Bay, Gympie and Sunshine Coast regions)
  • Darling Downs South West
  • Metropolitan South (including Redlands and Ipswich)
  • South East (including Logan)

If your school is located in one of these regions and is keen to participate in Pick of the Crop, consider the information at Getting Started before contacting us for more information.

Impact in Schools

Total Schools Reached
Schools Reached in 2023
New Schools in 2024
Participating Schools in 2024
Students Reached in 2024
Pick of the Crop

Getting kids to eat more vegetables and fruit

Only 3.1% of Queensland children aged 5 – 11 years are eating the recommended amount of 5 vegetables every day[2]. This needs to improve.

80% of children eat the recommended 2 serves of fruit every day[2].

School students are not meeting the Australian Dietary Guideline recommendations. Evidence shows that healthy eating supports optimal growth and development, protects from illness and enables successful learning at school, performance at sport and supports life long healthy eating habits.

Last updated 29 April 2024