The government funded School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme (SFVS) supplies fresh produce to schools for snack times. Unfortunately, the logistics of the scheme mean that there are 6 days a year where fresh is replaced by raisins and sultanas.
As they are marketed as “natural” with “no added sugar”, teachers, children and caregivers often believe that they are a healthy snack choice.
Some whole school policies permit them to be eaten on the playground by all pupils as snacks every day, increasing the risk of dental caries.
Started by passionate dental nurse and mum, Jo Dawson, the Raisin Awareness project has gained support from National Dental Bodies who are keen to add their voices to the campaign. We are honoured to have a wealth of expertise and dedicated professionals on the Raisin Awareness Advisory Board.
We aim to get 100 Schools and 100 Dental practices linked up and promoting good oral health to children
We also want to get 1000 signatures on our petition to make the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme bigger and better