22nd March 2018
Campaign receives support from Hospital Catering Association
Stewart McKenzie, Chair of the Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) said: “We are delighted to support The Vegan Society in their campaign for nutritious vegan meals on public sector catering menus. As an association we aim to promote, develop and improve the standards of catering in hospitals. Our focus is to provide a truly patient centred service, meeting the needs of every individual patient in our care.”
22nd March 2018
The Vegan Society is celebrating NHS Sustainability Day (22 March) by launching a new campaign and registering hospital meals with our Vegan Trademark for the first time.
Catering for Everyone is a campaign that 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 campaign’s first success sees 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 (all below).
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.
Please contact your Councillor using our template letter asking them to put pressure on local institutions to improve their vegan offering.
Survey shows discrimination against vegans
A recent survey conducted by Go Vegan Scotland shows vegans experiencing discrimination in a number of ways. The survey went out to almost 500 Scotland-based vegans, who answered questions about provision for, and attitude towards vegans in the public sector.
A number of issues were uncovered in the healthcare system, ranging from a lack of suitable meals for patients, fundamental knowledge gaps in health care providers and the denial of vegan food to eating disorder patients on the grounds that this was considered part of their illness.
Institutions in the education system were also shown to fall short of standards. Aside from issues with catering, vegan students were sometimes expected to use animal ingredients in cooking classes and partake in animal dissections in science lessons. Other issues included school uniforms made from wool, and students being expected to go on trips to farms, zoos and non-vegan factories.
The survey also includes reports of problems vegans have faced in the workplace, in prisons and specific issues experienced as a result of raising vegan children.
Go Vegan Scotland say that the survey “highlighted a lack of understanding of the moral conviction that vegans live by, what it means to be vegan in terms of avoidance of all forms of animal exploitation and killing, and how vegan convictions should be taken into account by our state entities”.