The Federation of Canteens in Schools has reaffirmed its position to work with the government, canteen associations and stakeholders across the country to empower school communities to make decisions that result in healthy food services.

This follows the Australian Bureau of Statistics finding that Australians are consuming less fruits, vegetables and milk.

Paul Atyeo, ABS health statistics spokesperson, said: “Each person had 186 grams of vegetables a day in 2022-23, down from 200 grams a day in 2021-22.

“We also went from eating 150 grams of fruit to 138 grams a day during 2022-23, while milk products fell from 278 to 267 to grams.”

Bucking the trend was bottled water, up 1.6 per cent from the previous year, along with energy and sports drinks (up 3.3 per cent), and chicken dishes like nuggets (up 2.6 per cent).

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