We distributed another 8,000 plus bags this year, taking the total since launch to over 48,000.  This means that our families have now cooked a whopping 580,000 individual, nutritious meals – well done families, well done team!

We said a fond farewell to a couple of schools during this academic year as they reached the end of the project.  It’s always bittersweet moving on to pastures new, but hopefully the Farm Fresh cookbook, with our easy-to-make recipes will keep people inspired to keep on cooking tasty meals.

The gardening project went out to schools again this spring with a donation of compost from Dobbies Garden Centre, Shenstone.  Growing your own not only helps to teach children where their food comes from, but research shows they are more likely to try produce they have grown themselves – win, win!

Huge thanks as always, go out to our financial supporters this year as well as to our wonderful volunteers of course. We had extra help on the stalls from the corporate world, with visitors from Handelsbanken in Stafford, Mercer Farming in Barton under Needwood and Harrods in London.  (Yes, that Harrods!😁) We’re also very grateful for the huge donation of potatoes and pumpkins that we received from a local farmer which supplemented our weekly deliveries and of course thanks always go to all our suppliers providing us with the top quality produce that our families know and love.

We’ve had a busy year this year, distributing over 6000 bags of tasty, fresh produce and recipes to our schools.
Vegetables have included: butternut squash; summer/spring/red/white and savoy cabbage; sweet potato; cauliflower; parsnip; sprouts; leek; swede; celery along with the regular carrots and onions.
Recipes have included soups, curries and traybakes with easy ingredients and being easy to make.
We’ve taken extra produce on a number of occasions, topping up our regular produce with pies, extra veg and one week, even a Sunday roast!
In the Spring, we distributed some vegetable seeds, compost and pots to our schools to encourage children to ‘grow their own’. With research showing that children are five times more likely to eat salad when they have grown it themselves, we want to support our schools in making Springtime, growing time.
We finished this academic year saying ‘goodbye’ to one of our schools in Stoke having reached the end of our three-year term. It felt sad to be moving on, but exciting to be able to take this wonderful project to another school in September.
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2021 continued to be a challenging time for many. With Covid-19 still prevalent and causing an impact on people’s health and financial security, we have found our support being more important than ever.

During this year, we have increased our provision to help support community centres, a soup kitchen, and a food bank as well as providing an extra 4960 bags.

Since we launched Farm Fresh, we have delivered over 34,100 bags to date, which means we’ve provided over 400,000 healthy and nutritious individual meals freshly cooked by families on our scheme.

We’ve helped feed an average of 200 families a week and 76% of our families have said they’ve changed their shopping habits since receiving Farm Fresh Revolution bags.

We are grateful to all our supporters, suppliers and volunteers as we couldn’t do it without you, here’s to continuing our project and making a difference to every family that needs it.

Here’s an update of what we have achieved to August 2021:

Farm Fresh Revolution 2021



To say 2020’s been a challenging year would be an understatement. The impact of Covid-19 has been felt far and wide across our community and others, in terms of job losses, financial instability and increased food poverty.

Early on, we were determined that Farm Fresh Revolution would do all they could to provide tangible support to their network of hubs and extended families. By putting extra deliveries on the road throughout the first lockdown and school holidays, they were able to support so many of their families in feeding themselves and their children. They were astounded by the support from staff across their schools, they were integral to FFR’s success, sometimes even delivering food in their own cars to shielding families.

So, we felt it was time to celebrate what we’ve all achieved by pulling together. Here’s an outline of what Farm Fresh Revolution delivered to August 2020. We couldn’t do any of it without our generous suppliers and volunteers.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas.

Farm Fresh Revolution, a charity set up to educate and inspire families to eat more fresh food and improve public health, has announced plans to extend its reach amid the current Covid-19 crisis. The charity, which usually only operates through schools during term time, will continue to deliver food parcels for its families during school holidays. It’s also working with local community hubs to connect society’s most vulnerable with much needed fresh food.

The charity, now in its third year, runs a term-time, fortnightly “market stall,” at nine primary schools, across eight locations in some of Staffordshire’s lowest income towns. Alternating between venues each week, the project is staffed by a group of volunteers who hand out the “essential grocery bag,” stocked with fresh vegetables, fruit and meat; all sourced from local farmers.

Upon the introduction of the government’s COVID-19 guidelines for social distancing, Farm Fresh Revolution was forced to halt deliveries to protect the health of its volunteers alongside that of the staff and families at the schools it serves.

Fully aware that many families would be facing further financial hardship due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Farm Fresh team were determined to get back on the road in whatever way they could.

Operations Manager, Rachel Sherratt and Founders, Sally and Rob Mercer, have now taken matters in to their own hands. Each Friday, Rob, Sally and Rachel each load a van with fresh produce, at their base at Blakenhall Park, Barton Under Needwood, and drive to seven schools and community centres across Cannock, Tamworth, Burton and Stoke. Working alongside school staff and community workers, they’ve created a system which allows them to follow official Government guidelines and drop the food in bulk safely. Representatives from each location then liaise with families to organise pick up times to ensure the food gets to those who need it most. At Winshill Neighbourhood Resource Centre, staff are even jumping in their own cars to deliver food to those in need.

As panic-buying continues to put unprecedented pressure on supermarkets and national delivery services, Sally Mercer said Farm Fresh Revolution is committed to being a part of the solution long term. The project, which was founded by Rob and Sally Mercer, and supported by the Mercer Family Charitable Foundation, usually runs during school term times only. But, Mrs Mercer said the charity hopes to extend its services through the Easter and Summer school holidays, when they feel families will need it most. “We are giving more funding to the Farm Fresh Revolution project at this time, and we are fully aware we need to be ready for the long haul. We know there are a lot of people in these areas who will be struggling for money or access to fresh healthy food and we need and want to support them through this. We won’t deliver this week, due to Good Friday, but we’ll be back out next week and have plans in place to continue weekly drops for the foreseeable future.”

“There has been a real shift for us over the last few weeks in response to this crisis. Farm Fresh Revolution has always been targeted through schools, as part of an effort to educate families about healthy eating. Our mission is to empower people to eat more fresh food, to cook more meals from scratch and in turn, to hopefully improve public health. That message and service is still vital for the families we serve, but we’re very aware that during this time there will be others within the community in desperate need of our help. We usually distribute 250 bags a week to the communities we serve. We’re upping that in the current climate to 300-350 bags a week. We’re working to get food out to community centres enabling them to help the elderly and vulnerable, and to ensure we reach members of the public who are perhaps isolating or struggling to make ends meet due to unemployment as a result of the outbreak.”

“Unfortunately, due to the current pandemic we have lost a key funder to the charity, as they’ve been hit hard financially due to having to close much of their own business. We are hoping to find another key funding partner to help us to deliver food to these areas, particularly in these difficult times when so many families will have to go without all but the very basics.”

“We are extremely grateful to our local farmers, whose support and on-going supply of fresh vegetables, fruit, meat and eggs, is essential to keeping our project on the road. As farmers ourselves, we are fully aware of the pressures the food and supply chain is under, but we’re proud to see British Farmers rising to the challenge of keeping fresh food in plentiful supply.”

From Friday 17th April, Farm Fresh Revolution will be making weekly bulk drops at Anglesey Primary Academy in Burton, Amington Heath Primary School in Tamworth, Sandon Primary Academy in Stoke, The Crescent Academy in Stoke, Redhill Primary School in Cannock and the following two community centres: Winshill Neighbourhood Resource Centre in Burton and Middleport Matters Community Hub in Stoke. Families usually served by Farm Fresh can contact their school for information on collection. Information will also be shared via the charity’s Facebook page.

For more information:
Sally Mercer – Founder – Telephone: 07966 521881 – Email: sallymercer@mercerfarming.com
Rachel Sherratt – Operations Manager – Telephone: 07419 991225 – Email: rachelsherratt@packingtonfreerange.co.uk
Helen Vydelingum – Marketing & Social Media Manager – Telephone: 07957 465371 – Email: helen@packingtonfreerange.co.uk

Press Release Date: Tuesday 7th April

Notes for editors:
Farm Fresh Revolution
The aim of the project is to educate and inspire families to eat more fresh food and by doing so improving public health. We want to introduce families with young children to the benefits of healthy fresh food. Getting children excited about eating more healthily is one of our primary objectives. So by distributing our food through local primary schools, we can educate the school children and their parents about the necessity of freshly grown, healthy food.

We get the food direct from local farmers, load it up in our refrigerated vans on a Friday afternoon and set up our ‘market-stall’ at a number of primary schools before pick-up time on a Friday (term time). We chat to parents and children whilst they pick their food and put it in their shopping bags, and we give them a pre-packed (biodegradable) bag with their meat and eggs from the van.

What’s in the Bag?
Fruit: Typically bananas, apples and satsumas.
Vegetables: Potatoes, carrots, onions and parsnips (or other seasonal veg).
Fresh free-range sausages.
Fresh free-range diced chicken.
Half a dozen free-range eggs.
Where possible, all the food is sourced from local farms. Some of the vegetables and fruit may change according to availability.

Within its first year, Farm Fresh Revolution created a successful ‘grocery bag’ pilot project in Staffordshire, including;
• Establishment of successful partnerships with 9 local primary schools as delivery hubs (across 8 sites).
• Creation of an ‘essential’ grocery bag in partnership with 6 suppliers including meat, vegetables & fruit.
• Use of existing distribution networks to deliver into the schools once every two weeks.
• Establishment of a small network of volunteers to help with packing and delivery each week.
• Completion of a baseline study for each school of parental shopping habits and food-related health awareness.
• Increase in the number of families reached at each school to circa 65 families per week.
• Running of a competition to encourage parents to engage with us via a survey on the difference (if any) the food bags make to them. This survey demonstrated a 55% Increase in the number of families who now cook their meals from scratch, a 73% Increase in families now eating fruit and veg as a snack at least once a day and a 76% Increase in families including fruit and veg in their diet more than half of the time.

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Thanks to everyone who took the time to enter our Word Puzzle Competition before Christmas. It was great to see so many of you get involved; decoding the clues and unscrambling the letters to reveal the answers.


Our lucky winners each bagged themselves a copy of David Walliams’ new book, The Beast Of Buckingham Palace.


Keep your eyes peeled for more fun activities and competitions in 2020 via our Facebook page. Follow us to see all our latest updates, recipes and more at www.facebook.com/farmfreshrevolution/.


Thanks to our volunteers for handing out the prizes to our happy winners just before Christmas!




Fun Food Facts!

Did you know that cooking carrots is better for you than eating raw carrots?

Cooking carrots releases the hidden pockets of good-for-you beta-carotene. In fact, eating carrots raw only gives you three per cent of this substance, but when you heat them up, they release closer to forty per cent! So why not try these sweet vegetables pureed into soup, sliced thin onto a salad, braised in butter or baked?

It’s still very chilly out there so why not try some of our recipes to warm you up? You can find them on our recipes page or on our social media which you can find below!

Don’t forget! You can find us on all kinds of social media, find us on twitter – @FarmFreshRev where you will find lots of information, and we now also have our very own Pinterest account where you can find copies of all the delicious recipes we hand out and lots of inspiration for new recipe ideas. And of course, you can still find us on Facebook too – just search for Farm Fresh Revolution or click here.

Fun Food Facts!

We often have cabbage in our vegetable section of your bag – but did you realise how good it is for you?

  • Cabbage has virtually no fat. One cup of shredded raw cabbage contains 50 calories and 5 grams of dietary fibre
  • Cabbage can be steamed, boiled, braised, microwaved, stuffed, stir-fried or eaten raw
  • One cup of shredded raw cabbage contains 190% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C. Vitamin C helps protect cells and keeps them healthy. It also keeps blood vessels, bones and cartilage healthy too
  • Cabbage is an excellent source of vitamin K. 150 grams of shredded, boiled cabbage contains 91% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin K, which is needed for blood clotting. Vitamin K also helps keep bones healthy
  • Cabbage and it’s relatives (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts) are rich sources of phytochemicals, naturally-occurring plant chemicals that may protect people against some forms of cancer

Farm Fresh Revolution Needs YOU!

At the moment, Farm Fresh Revolution is currently only funded by Packington Pork and in order to help the project continue so that we can keep bringing the bags to your school, we need your DONATIONS – every little really does help, so whatever you can donate goes a long way to helping us bring the food to you and your families. Please give as generously as you can, thank you

Don’t forget! You can find us on all kinds of social media, find us on twitter – @FarmFreshRev where you will find lots of information, and we now also have our very own Pinterest account where you can find copies of all the delicious recipes we hand out and lots of inspiration for new recipe ideas. And of course, you can still find us on Facebook too – just search for Farm Fresh Revolution or click here.

We hope you all had a lovely half term break.

We see bananas in your bags most weeks so thought we’d share how good they are for you!

What are the health benefits of a banana?

  • They help to boost eye and bone health
  • They can provide relief from constipation
  • They help your kidneys to eliminate toxins
  • They help to regulate your blood pressure
  • They help to aid your digestion

A few parents have asked where you can buy our sausages from in between our Farm Fresh Revolution visits. The closest butchers to your schools are:

Brown & Green: Unit 2 Trentham Retail Village, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ST4 8AX


Plant & Wilton: 14-16 High Street, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ST5 1RA

If you struggle for new ideas on what to feed the kids (like all busy parents do!) have a look at this website: https://www.superhealthykids.com/healthy-kids-recipes/ It has loads of great recipes to try with your kids. Let us know if you make any of them on our FaceBook page – farmfreshrevolution

Farm gate to School Gate

Welcome back to a new school year! We hope you will continue to enjoy fresh fruit, vegetables and meat that we bring to your school.

We have a new member of the team to introduce to you. Marie Keasley has joined Farm Fresh Revolution and will be the main contact for any questions, feedback and comments. Marie is keen to know what you all think so please get in contact either by email to info@farmfreshrevolution.com or private message her on our FaceBook page – farmfreshrevolution.

A Reminder of What’s in Your Bag

FRUIT: Apples, oranges and bananas

VEGETABLES: Potatoes, carrots, onions, garlic and a green vegetable

SAUSAGES: Fresh free-range sausages from our Packington Pork farm

CHICKEN: Free-range chicken from our Packington Poultry farm

EGGS: 6 free-range eggs

Some of the vegetables and fruit may change depending on availability

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