Peas Please gathered stories from nearly a hundred people across the UK in the midst of COVID-19 restrictions last summer (June–August 2020). These paint a picture of people’s experiences in accessing fruit and veg at a time of national crisis and demonstrate how people’s usual routines were disrupted, with many seeking out alternative ways to access fruit and veg.
Peas Please found that:
- being able to buy enough fruit and veg was a problem for those on below average incomes
- more people used local shops and veg box schemes during this time
- price was a barrier
- quality was sometimes poor
- more people grew their own.
The report is the first in a planned series that will seek to better understand the UK’s veg environment from a citizen perspective, working closely with our 170 Veg Advocates to do so.