Sibford goes bananas

Sibford School has gone bananas to mark Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 (27 February – 12 March).

Following persuasion from pupils, the school’s catering company, Thomas Franks Ltd, has agreed that in future, only Fairtrade bananas will be served on the lunchtime fruit counter.

Sixth form pupil Finn, a member of the school’s Fairtrade Group, explained: “We are delighted that the kitchen staff has started providing Fairtrade bananas to students at lunchtimes, paying the premium price for them in name of fair pay for those further down the production line.

“We were able to announce the change to the fruit suppliers during Fair Trade Fortnight when we also held special break time sales selling Fairtrade chocolate bars, jelly beans and chocolate eggs and generally raising awareness of the Fairtrade campaign.”

Mark Higgins, catering manager at Sibford School said: “For a long time now we have been using Fairtrade tea, coffee and sugar, but our fruit suppliers have tended to differ depending on who has had the best deal. However, we like to work closely with the pupils at the school and, following their well-researched persuasion, we have agreed to ensure that, from now on, we will only supply Fairtrade bananas.”

  • In the UK, we eat as many as 13 million bananas a day. We often pay a little as 11 pence for one, but this means that the suppliers and farmers from less developed countries get hit hard and can hardly afford to put food on the table. The Fairtrade Foundation helps those farmers by charging a fair price for products and giving a fair portion of profits to farmers so they can improve both their personal quality of life and their local community by investing.
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