Frucht macht Schule

Enhancing the partnership between food industry and schools

Fruit and vegetables are essential components of a healthy diet. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ernährung e.V. (DGE) recommends five servings a day. However the fruit and vegetable consumption of children lies clearly under the quantity recommended by specialized societies. The aim of the EU School Fruit Scheme is therefore to make fruit and vegetables tasty for schoolchildren with a free extra portion of vitamins, thus laying the foundation for healthy eating habits.

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The project ‘Frucht macht Schule’ examines the current delivery system of the EU School Fruit Scheme in NRW in eight work packages (WP) over a period of three years. The aim of the project is on the one hand to determine optimisation possibilities in the quality of deliveries, storage, preparation and hygiene and on the other hand to pave the way for small suppliers in particular into this marketing line. ‘Frucht macht Schule’ thus addresses two target groups – schools and suppliers.

The project also focuses on regional and seasonal products, thus helping the local economy to benefit from the School Fruit Scheme.

“Frucht macht Schule” is funded within the framework of the NRW-EU Objective 2 programme “Regional Competitiveness and Employment 2007-2013 (ERDF)” and is carried out in cooperation with the University of Bonn (FoodNetCenter Bonn, Kompetenzzentrum Gartenbau), coordinated by GIQS. ‘Frucht macht Schule’ started in August 2011.


  • Funding programme: EFRE.NRW
  • Budget: 982,378 Euro
  • Term: 08/11 - 07/14
  • Partners: GIQS + 2