Vegetarians have helped to change school meals for the better
02 July 2014
Earlier in 2014 the government asked for feedback on the proposed School Meals Plan. The Vegetarian Society sent official feedback and encouraged parents and members to do the same. Now, following the Revised School Standards Government Response to the Consultation published in June, children choosing veggie school meals in the new term can expect an improved range and variety of dishes.
Lance Bell, Head of Campaigns and Engagement at the Vegetarian Society said, "The heavy reliance on eggs and cheese is gone. These Final School Food Standards appear to have taken many of our concerns on board and included them in the guidance and top tips. The revised plan advises that vegetarian meals should be as varied as the rest of the menu, by using pulses twice a week, soya, tofu or Quorn once or twice a week, and eggs and cheese only once or twice a week. The plan suggests schools encourage all children to have a meat-free day each week, a step which we welcome."
The consultation revealed 71% of respondents thought the Consultation Standards required further clarification and 55% thought more support needed to be offered to schools, 10% requested further training and guidance was needed on providing special diets particularly for vegetarians/vegans.
The Vegetarian Society, founded in 1847, inspires and supports people to be vegetarian. The charity organises National Vegetarian Week, runs the Cordon Vert vegetarian cookery school, and provides services to support those pursuing a vegetarian way of life, including the Vegetarian Society Approved trademark scheme. Find out more at www.vegsoc.org
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