Peas Please is a UK-wide initiative that has a very clear mission: to make it easier for everyone in the UK to eat more veg. Food Sense Wales leads on the Peas Please work in Wales and brings together farmers, retailers, and restaurant chains, caterers, processors and government departments with a common goal of making it easier for everyone to eat veg. Other UK project partners involved in this initiative are The Food Foundation, Nourish Scotland, Food NI and Belfast Food Network.
A ground-breaking programme focused specifically on veg, Peas Please aims to secure commitments from industry and government to improve the availability, acceptability (including convenience), affordability, and quality of the vegetable offer in shops, schools, restaurants and beyond, and in turn stimulate increased vegetable consumption among the UK public, particularly children and those on a low income.
Since the project launched four years ago, Peas Please has delivered 162 million additional portions of vegetables into our food system working across the UK. More than 100 organisations have also already pledged to play their part to help everyone in Britain eat an extra portion of veg a day. These pledges are known as Veg Pledges. In Wales, we are currently managing 8 national pledgers, 24 local pledges through Food Cardiff and the 25 Veg city pledgers in partnership with Sustain/Sustainable Food Places. One example is Cardiff and Vale University Health Board which continues to innovate with its Healthy retail and restaurant standards and flagship Y Gegin restaurant as well as a hospital veg stall.
Peas Please has also recruited 22 people from across Wales to become Veg Advocates, working as individual agents of change in their local communities and helping to drive the enormous changes needed in our quest to get everyone eating more veg.
And in a bid to increase local production, Food Sense Wales along with partners Social Farms & Gardens, recently awarded five Peas Please grants of between £2500 and £5000 to assist smaller edible horticultural businesses operating in Wales.
Download Peas Please Progress Report 2022Download Peas Please Progress Report 2021
Download the Peas Please School Food Report 2021
Download the Wales State of the Nation Report: School Food
Download the Small Edible Horticulture Business Support Grants Pilot 2021/22
Download Peas Please Veg Facts 2021
Download Peas Please Covid Veg Report
Download Peas Please Progress Report 2020
Download Peas Please Progress Report 2019
And if you enjoy listening to podcasts, here’s a great one presented by Dr Amber Wheeler that accompanies the Small Edible Horticulture Grant Report (2022):