Our network of initiatives
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).
The latest results from the National Diet and Nutrition Survey reveal that while consumption of sugary drinks has fallen, there has been no decline in sweet confectionery and chocolate consumption. Most people are still not eating the recommended 5 portions of fresh fruit and vegetables a day and children aged 11 to 18 still only eat around 3 portions a day.
A survey of thousands of primary schools in England revealed the value in providing healthy fruits and vegetables every school day.
Peas Please have published their third annual report, showing a steady increase of 72.1 million additional portions of vegetables sold across the UK between July 2019 and June 2020. We look back on the amazing achievements of Veg Cities who have been integral to this work.
A new project aiming to transform Glasgow’s food system and reduce its impact on the climate crisis is today receiving £629,582 of National Lottery funding.
Community groups, gardens, local businesses and schools organised 45 events and activities in the last two months which attracted around 4,000 attendees and distributed more than 5,000 vegetable plants grown by Cardiff Council’s Bute Park Nurseries to encourage people to start growing at home.
Eat Your Greens is a Leeds restaurant with a twist. During the day they are open as a grocery store, selling local organic produce and fruit & veg boxes. After 4pm they transform into a restaurant and open for dinner serving a weekly changing menu to reflect what’s in season.
The programme from Veg Power and ITV which uses advertising and a school programme to get kids to eat more vegetables returns in February 2021.