A new campaign, School Plates, is seeking schools and caterers to increase children’s intake of healthy plant-based foods.
Food awareness organisation ProVeg UK is working with schools, local authorities and catering companies to make five small changes to menus to make them cheaper, healthier and help the environment. It is offering training from expert plant-based chefs; the services of a nutritionist to ensure that meals are balanced, wholesome and healthy; and a scientist who can measure the climate change emissions savings – all free of charge.
“Plant-based foods are mostly cheaper, and that is great news for schools whose budgets are tightening. They’re healthy and good for pupils in both the short and long-term as well as helping the environment and therefore protecting the future for everyone,” said Jimmy Pierson, director of ProVeg UK.
“We’re starting with relatively minor, easy-to-implement tweaks, but these can make a big difference in so many ways. Schools can deliver these benefits by simply offering a bean burger over a beef burger, or a cassoulet over a casserole – and we can help them every step of the way.”
Derek Sarno, chef and director of Plant-Based Innovation for Tesco PLC, which recently introduced a range of plant-based ready meals under the Wicked Healthy brand, has contributed to the School Plates campaign report. He said: “Food is powerful, empowering, and over time can promote or destroy good health in both our bodies and the environment. I make plants the centre of every meal, and I think the five recommendations in ProVeg UK’s campaign are a great starting point.”
To take part in the campaign, email firstname.lastname@example.org.