Scottish council now offers vegan meal options in all local schools

A Scottish council will be offering vegan options to all school children after a campaign led to a mother from Glasgow.

Alexis Kasravi has secured vegan school meals for her five-year-old daughter Mia.

It has led to all schools run by West Dunbartonshire Council offering vegan food options.

Alexis worked with The Vegan Society’s legal team who helped her write a formal letter to a council education officer.

She said:

“I am very happy that my daughter can enjoy the meals she deserves and that other vegan children will automatically be offered this option.
“Mia is now in primary school and enjoying her food very much, and we don’t have to worry about secondary school battles later either!
“It’s important for public institutions like schools to cater for vegan pupils, but plant based food can be enjoyed by most people, so it promotes inclusivity, sustainability and good nutrition.”

When Alexis initially asked Mia’s nursery for vegan meals last year, her request was refused.

That decision has since been overturned.

Dr Jeanette Rowley, The Vegan Society’s legal advisor, said:

“We are delighted to have been able to help Alexis and Mia.
“All children, regardless of their ethical convictions, should be able to benefit from government-funded schemes; we applaud the school and council for recognising this.  
“Veganism is protected under human rights and equality law, which means if a child is eligible for a free school meal, the duty is not to discriminate by providing a vegan option.”

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