The Sustainable Food Cities Network has awarded Granite City Good Food (previously Sustainable Food City Partnership Aberdeen) a £5,000 grant to support a ‘Veg Cities’ campaign in Aberdeen to increase availability and consumption of vegetables.

The campaign encourages everyone to eat at least one extra portion of veg a day. It is recognised UK-wide that 80% of children, 95% of teenagers and 80% of adults are not reaching our daily target for vegetable consumption.

The Aberdeen Veg Cities Campaign aims to:

  • Increase awareness of the benefits of growing and eating vegetables;
  • Increase access to affordable vegetables citywide;
  • Increase uptake of food growing opportunities in regeneration areas of the city.

The campaign will be delivered through a variety of partners including; ACC, Granite City Growing, CFINE, TAMS, NHS Grampian Public Health and more with actions carried out in local schools, community organisations and kitchens.

Laura Penny, Campaign Spokesperson said:

“We are really excited to be running this campaign. Last year we ran a successful ‘SUGAR SMART’ campaign, and now we will be turning our focus to increasing the consumption of affordable, local, seasonal vegetables. We think this will have many positive benefits to community groups in Aberdeen; from improving health & wellbeing, increasing food skills to providing opportunities for people to try their hand at food growing for the first time!”

Sofia Parente, Campaigns Coordinator at Sustain, said:

“VEG CITIES is about getting local organisations to grow, cook, sell and save more vegetables. I can’t wait to see the roll out of VEG CITIES in Aberdeen to inspire people to eat more veg.”