Our network of initiatives
Over 80 gardens across the UK, from Perth to Bournemouth are opening their gates, lining up their spades and getting the kettle on to welcome new growers to take a look.
The children at Brooms Roman Catholic Primary School in Leadgate, in the north of the county, have got stuck into the #EatThemToDefeatThem Veg Power campaign. Since early February they’ve been getting creative with the Veg of the Week, coming up with ever more creative ideas to use and eat vegetables.
Research has shown that 80 per cent of children and 96 per cent of teenagers aren’t eating enough vegetables. Caterlink – an education contract caterer with a strong presence in London, the South East and the South West – is helping to turn these statistics around by pledging to increase the amount of vegetables served in their recipes by ten per cent within the first two years.
40 schools competed to design the best poster showing the power of vegetables for a city-wide healthy eating ad campaign in Glasgow. Winners were announced at the Barras Art and Design centre with live music from Barrowband and help from Broccoli Bill. The winning designs will be displayed on Clear Channel’s digital advertising screens around the city in April.
The nine restaurants of Cambscuisine restaurant group have done a complete overhaul of their children’s menus to include at least two portions of vegetables in every meal and new vegetarian and vegan options.
Cambridge Sustainable Food (CSF) has secured a small grant from the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation to promote Healthy Start to families and retailers in the city.
The Big Dig Day is back on Saturday 27 April to help food growing gardens across the UK get ready for the growing season. With online registration at https://www.bigdig.org.uk/ taking less than 5 min and a resource pack compiled by the Veg Cities campaign, it’s never been easier for gardens to join this national day of action.
‘Soup Bag’ is a new initiative being rolled out to primary schools in Middlesbrough. Pupils participate in a fun interactive cooking session where they prepare and eat a simple and delicious vegetable soup. At the end of the session each pupil takes home a ‘soup bag’ which contains a recipe, a Veg Power pack and all the ingredients needed to make the soup at home.
As part of Veg Cities Aberdeen, Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE) ran a competition to find the best home-cooked healthy meal creations. The five winners won a plant-based cooking class with Nikki Makaronas from the pop up café The Liberty Kitchen based in Aberdeen’s beach front.
The project is aimed at increasing the uptake of free school meals in the Torry area of Aberdeen. Veg Cities is supporting the work to ensure more vegetables are eaten with school dinners and to increase the uptake of vegetarian school meal options.