The Yes Peas! campaign calls on schools to put peas on the dinner menu during Great British Pea Week
The Yes Peas! campaign and the UK pea vining industry have launched a school meals mission and are appealing for schools up and down the UK to put peas on pupil’s plates during Great British Pea Week (10 – 16th July 2017).
Run by the Yes Peas! campaign, Great British Pea Week aims to recognise the 700 British pea farmers who work tirelessly all year round to produce two billion portions of peas to feed the nation. The UK is the largest producer and consumer of frozen peas in Europe, with the average person in Britain eating nearly 9,000 peas per year.
The School Meals Mission aims to highlight the importance of healthy school meals and the extraordinary nutritional power of the nation’s favourite family vegetable. One 85 gram serving of peas, cooked, provides 50 calories, 4 grams of protein, 8 grams of carbohydrate (of which 3.5 grams are sugars), 3.8 grams of fibre, 17mg of vitamin C (28% of the recommended daily allowance) and 0.2mg Thiamine (B1) (15% of the recommended daily allowance).
Schools are being urged to pledge their support via social media and share images of their reci-peas during #GreatBritishPeaWeek. Schools nationwide will each receive a recipe e-book, full to the brim with healthy meal ideas, to inspire them to put peas back on pupil’s plates. Yes Peas! is also calling on families themselves to engage with the campaign by sending in their own pea-tastic creations!
TV chef and Yes Peas! ambassador, Rachel Green, said: “Great British Pea Week is a great celebration of British pea farming. It’s truly amazing how our 700 farmers produce over two billion portions a year! It is certainly something to celebrate and commemorate.
“We’re excited to be inviting schools to pledge their support for Great British Pea Week during the harvesting season – peas are an amazing source of nutrients and we want to inspire children to enjoy eating greens and educate the nation on where their peas come from!”
Pledge to support Great British Pea Week at https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/58304-great-british-pea-week-2017?locale=en and share your images and activity between 10 – 16th July by posting to @YesPeas on Twitter or www.facebook.com/yespeas using the hashtag #GreatBritishPeaWeek or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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