The Vegan Society in the UK has called for the inclusion of vegan meals in public sector catering such as in hospitals, schools, universities, government and council offices. The organization celebrated National Health Service 'NHS Sustainability Day' on 22 March by launching a new campaign and registering hospital meals with its Vegan Trademark for the first time.
A new campaign, Catering for Everyone aims to ensure the needs of vegans are met in public sector institutions, and that more vegan options are served on public sector menus.
"We are calling for Councils to lead by example by improving the vegan provision in their offices and influencing the institutions in their local authority," The Vegan Society said.
The campaign’s first success has seen Anglia Crown, a manufacturer, and supplier of prepared foods to UK hospitals, officially register its range of new exciting vegan dishes.
Louise Davies, head of Campaigns and Policy at The Vegan Society, said: “We’re asking our public services to provide tasty, nutritious and appropriate vegan options not just for vegans, but for everyone, every day. “As well as supporting the rights of vegans, this would promote the wider benefits of veganism for people, animals, and the planet.
“We’re delighted to be launching the campaign on NHS Sustainability Day – any public institution looking to reduce their carbon footprint would do well do serve more vegan food. And we’re especially pleased to see Anglia Crown leading the way in providing nutritious, tasty vegan food to hospitals.”
Anglia Crown supplies meals to 100 UK hospitals, and its new vegan range has the potential to influence the inclusivity, sustainability and nutritional quality of menus across the UK.
The range includes dishes such as a Moroccan vegetable tagine, pasta peperonata, and butternut squash curry.
Scott Buckler, campaign manager at NHS Sustainability Day, said: “Food plays a huge role in the Sustainable Development agenda within the NHS. It is hugely important we support environmentally-friendly and ethical vegan food and we commend both The Vegan Society and Anglia Crown.”
Veganism has been found to come within the scope of international human rights provisions and vegans in the UK are protected under human rights and equality law.