Our network of initiatives
Glasgow’s best chefs went head-to-head for the third year to prepare the best dishes from locally grown vegetables under the watchful eye of head judge Gary Maclean, Masterchef the Professionals winner and Scotland’s national chef.
In September, 2.3 million primary school children in England ate Norfolk grown radishes as part of the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme. This was the first-time radishes were included in the program.
Food charity Sustain is calling on government to extend the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme to all 4.7M children in state funded primary schools to increase intake of fruit and veg and embed consumption habits. In tandem, the charity is calling on Government to support British farmers and get more locally sourced fruit and veg.
Community groups, gardens, neighbourhoods, markets and social enterprises are coming together this month to create a new covid-safe festival of food and growing.
World Cancer Research Fund analysed Brits' spending habits over past 30 years and found that despite eating less white bread and red meat we have have turned to pizza and ready meals which can lead to obesity and cancer.
As part of the Healthy Holidays program this Summer, Foodwise Leeds, the food partnership in Leeds, created the #VegRocksRainbow challenge to encourage families to eat the rainbow.
While for some people more time at home and food service closures are boosting home cooking and more localized food purchasing, many are struggling to access healthy food. Brighton and Hove Food Partnership (BHFP) stepped in to support residents accessing healthy food and fruit and veg in emergency food parcels and hot meals and through signposting and advice.
With more time at home and uncertainty around food supply, more people than ever are interested in growing their own food. Brighton and Hove Food Partnership (BHFP) is encouraging residents to grow veg and is supporting community gardens and other growers to increase the amount of veg donated to community food projects.
Since lockdown, the Keep Growing initiative has supplied 700 people in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets starter packs with everything needed to start growing vegetables at home and five tonnes of soil to key points around the borough for participants to use.
Public Health Minister Jo Churchill said to journalists that the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme will resume as normal in Autumn when all children return to school. While we wait for official confirmation, this is not the end of the campaign for more fruit and veg in schools. The scheme should be expanded to all children in primary school and improved to include higher standard British produce.