McKern Foundation partners with Bendigo Communtiy Health services, kidzspace, to deliver fresh fruit

FRESH FRUIT FRIDAY: McKern Foundation ambassador Kelsey Griffin delivers fresh fruit to Bendigo Community Health Services family day care resource worker Robyn Knight. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

FRESH FRUIT FRIDAY: McKern Foundation ambassador Kelsey Griffin delivers fresh fruit to Bendigo Community Health Services family day care resource worker Robyn Knight. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

AN INITIATIVE putting fresh fruit within reach of more than 11,300 Bendigo children is expanding. 

The McKern Foundation will provide the kidzspace hub at Kangaroo Flat with fruit every Friday, in an effort to help teach families and children using the services about the importance of healthy eating. 

The foundation delivers fruit to 37 schools throughout Bendigo. 

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“Teaching good eating habits at an early age is so important," McKern Foundation ambassador Kelsey Griffin said.

"I think this partnership will help provide the resources to this already great space.”

Bendigo Community Health Services children, youth and family support services director Andie West said the partnership would “greatly assist” families attending kidzspace.

“Part of our work at kidzspace is about encouraging families to make good lifestyle choices and being able to send people home with fresh fruit is a perfect start,” she said.

“We invite children and families to come and grab some of the tasty fruit on offer each Friday.”

“While you are here, don’t forget to have a look at our beautiful new kidzspace building and see what we offer in the way of services and support.”

Kidzspace centralises all BCHS child and family services into a hub, consistent with the organisation’s strategic direction to focus on early years to break disadvantage in Bendigo.

The hub, which opened in April, is located behind the BCHS site at 13 Helm Street.