Our network of initiatives
Feed Leeds, the local food growers' network, are taking a leaf out of Aberdeen and other cities' books by encouraging experienced gardeners to Sow A Row Xtra to share and donate.
In 2020 Meanwood Valley Urban Farm, situated on the outskirts of Leeds, celebrated its 40 year anniversary. The market garden at the farm has been integral in producing fresh produce for families and providing a space for volunteers to weather the pandemic. We sat down with market gardeners, Ben and Luke, to reflect on the past year.
Hull Kingston Rovers Community Trust run ‘Food for Thought’ activity, fitness and food awareness sessions aimed at improving health, increasing levels of physical activity and educating individuals around diet, nutrition, and eating healthily.
Manbassadors is directing men to a plethora of veg related activity to combat loneliness and improve nutrition, including opportunities to get involved in community growing and access to a Healthy Start fruit and veg box.
GoodBox is a fruit and veg box with a difference. A charitable donation is added to each box enabling the surplus revenue of four boxes to be used to offer one fruit and veg box to families in receipt of Healthy Start vouchers. It is operated by Lean Lunch and up to 10 boxes are available each week to Healthy Start customers in Leeds.
CropDrop is coordinating the redistribution of surplus fruit and vegetables from bountiful allotments and growers in Bath and North East Somerset. Volunteer drivers transport the produce to charity projects that provide food, alleviating food poverty, strengthening communities and minimising food miles.
Around the world, 8 million annual deaths are caused by unhealthy diets. Public settings, such as schools, hospitals and canteens of public institutions, can play a key role in ensuring people are provided with healthy food.
Grow a Row was born from the new-found enthusiasm for gardening and the desire to supplement the emergency food response with more fresh fruit and vegetables. It resulted in around 2,000kg of fruit and vegetables donated, enough to supplement 25,000 meals with a portion of fruit or veg! Nine months on, we take stock of the initiative.
As part of their movement building work, Zero Waste Leeds pledged to run a campaign to encourage people to reduce the amount of food they waste at home.
The International Year of Fruits and Vegetables 2021 was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly to raise awareness on the important role of fruits and vegetables in human nutrition, food security and health, as well as in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).