The Vegan Society has launched a new campaign calling on the Government to back public sector organisations to provide at least one vegan food option on every menu, every day.
The organisation has launched a petition, Catering for Everyone, as it believes there is potential for England to become the first country in Europe to enshrine a right to good quality, affordable, plant-based food in law.
Veganism is a protected belief under the Equality Act 2010 in England, Scotland and Wales but many hospitals, schools, universities, councils and prisons fail to offer vegan food, with patients and schoolchildren often going hungry.
During the party conference season this autumn, The Vegan Society is campaigning to protect the rights of vegans and has been holding a series of fringe events and stalls at the conferences, educating attendees about the rights of vegans and lobbying for change.
Louise Davies, Head of Campaigns, Policy and Research at The Vegan Society, explained: “The Government is responsible for ensuring that our public sector provides for vegans in the UK and the proposed legislation would assist in fulfilling that obligation. Provision for vegans in the public sector is lacking, with hospital patients and school children often going hungry. We hope that vegans and non-vegans alike will agree on the importance of our petition and join us in urging institutions to provide healthy and environmentally-friendly vegan food.”
You can find the petition at https://www.vegansociety.com/take-action/campaigns/catering-everyone