East Lancashire hospitals have revealed they will be adding more vegan-friendly meals to the menu as a campaign to increase vegan options on public sector menus is launched.
Patients at hospitals in East Lancashire could soon be tucking into quinoa with stir-fried veg or a Cajun-spiced vegetable bean burger as the trust looks to expand its’ vegan offering.
The Vegan Society celebrated NHS Sustainability Day by launching 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.
The society is calling for councils to lead by example by improving the vegan provision in their offices and influencing the institutions in their local authority.
But East Lancashire Hospitals Trust is ahead of the curve and plans are afoot to add more vegan-friendly meals to the menu.
Tim Radcliff, catering manager for ELHT, said:
“We are continually improving the food experience for everyone who uses our facilities, and for some time we have been working on enhancing our provisions for vegans. Unlike many hospital catering services, our menus now include vegan options such as quinoa with stir-fried veg and a Cajun spiced vegetable bean burger.
“In the near future these options are to be supplemented by a range of in-house prepared vegan salads that have been successfully trialled, including a roast cauliflower salad, falafel salad with aubergines (and chermoula yoghurt provided separately) and a chickpea, nut and cranberry salad.”
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.”