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Feed our Future: providing meat-free and plant-based school meal options for all

FEED OUR FUTURE: Calderdale 

Sometimes it can seem hard enough to get a school just to provide vegan meals for vegan pupils. Many parents have faced this battle. Feed Our Future aims to go much further than this. Working with ProVeg UK and Plant-based Health Professionals, the campaign wants schools to have two meat-free days every week and offer attractive plant-based options on the other three days. Asking for two meat-free days per week doesn’t display lack of ambition – it’s all that’s possible under the current School Food Standards, which require meat to be served three days per week, dairy five days per week and fish once every three weeks. The Standards are due for review but there is no timetable for this so far. 

Where local authorities have declared a climate emergency, this proposal can be presented as a measure which will help them to meet their climate change targets. Plant-based menus also improve children’s consumption of fruit and veg and are more inclusive in terms of dietary and religious requirements.  

Calderdale has declared a climate emergency – indeed it was one of the first to do so – but does not have control of school meals, delegating the matter to individual schools or groups of schools. There are also several academy schools which are not under local authority control at all. However, Calderdale is working with an organisation called Food for Life, which is part of the Soil Association. Liz and Myra  met the Calderdale lead from Food for Life, and found her to be very responsive to our proposal. Indeed, they had already trialled some plant-based meals with school caterers. Unfortunately, the cooks were not impressed and considered that the children would not like the food.  

We are undeterred, however, and have held a second meeting attended also by Colette Fox of ProVeg UK. By means of its School Plates programme, ProVeg UK has an innovative approach to designing menus in a way to make all kinds of food appealing to children, and also provides free training to school catering teams 

Our next step is to set up a meeting with the Calderdale Public Health officer with responsibility for sustainable food. We hope she will be able to help us make some vital contacts with school heads. 

Food for Life so far works with 11 local authorities in the north of England and the midlands. We hope via this campaign to be able to make a difference to school food in Calderdale and beyond. Watch this space! 

FEED OUR FUTURE: Bradford 

3 Valley Vegans member Anne Taylor lives in the Bradford area, where the situation is different from Calderdale. Read about her experiences campaigning on school food. 

Following my own family experience of trying to get vegan school meals under the free school meals system unsuccessfully until near the end of the free period, I have been writing to councillors and my MP in Bradford. Emails to my MP have resulted in communications between myself and Vicky Ford MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, regarding the School Food Standards, which make it mandatory for schools to provide meat 3 times a week and dairy every day to all school age children. I have found out the School Food Standards are underpinned by the Scientific Advisory Committee for Nutrition (SACN) with their public health nutritionist a member of the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board beef and lamb sector board and acting chair. The AHDB provides educational resources for schools about where our food comes from, though no mention of the impact on the planet.  

I have discovered there are many groups involved in trying to change the school meals system, and recently came across Joe Brindle’s campaign Teach the Future, which is about making all school subjects include climate change education. I have emailed Joe regarding the importance of the food provided at schools too which he has replied to and agreed food is something that needs to be looked into, so is passing on to his team. 

I have emailed various councillors with influence over health or the climate emergency but have had a poor response so far. I have also made a Freedom of Information request for a list of which schools get their meals from private catering companies and which have school meals provided by the council. I am awaiting a reply. 

I believe the more people who contact their MP or councillors or talk to schools about this the greater the chance that change will eventually come. In the meantime, it’s a good idea to focus on the Feed Our Future campaign for two days meat free days per week. 

West Yorkshire Animal Protection events up to Christmas 2017

Copied directly from a West Yorkshire Animal Protection email.  We have removed the events that have already passed.

Hello Everyone,
I hope you are all enjoying the weekend, West Yorkshire Animal Protection have some events between now and Christmas as follows:
Saturday 25th November  10-4pm
 
General Animal Rights stall at the Bradford Peace Fair – helpers are needed! If you can spare an hour or two please let me know – this is a fantastic event, with craft stalls, campaign stalls and amazing vegan food available.
Sunday 26th November 11-5pm
 
Two stalls at Leeds Winterfest – on for our group and general animal rights, and one for Animal Free Research UK. Helpers are also needed – please let me know if you would like to attend
Veganuary promotion
 
We recently handed out leaflets to students at Huddersfield University to promote the Vegan Month, and received a very good response. We are also planning to hand out leaflets at local universities to promote Veganuary before the end of term – details will be confirmed soon
Demos at Belle Vue to be arranged in December – details to follow
Best wishes,
Jane

Bradford and Calderdale Animal Friends events list, July-August 2017

Reposted from Bradford & Calderdale Animal Friends. Upcoming events are as follows:
Saturday 1st July
Demo outside Belle Vue Greyhound Stadium, from 6.15-7.45pm
Thursday 6th July evening
Door to door leafletting in Yeadon
Saturday 8th July
Bric a brac and leaflet stall at the Great Horton Festival in Brackenhill Park
Tuesday 11th July
Tofu Cookery night in Todmorden, organised by 3 Valley Vegans
Saturday 15th July
Wildlife awareness stall at Kirkstall Festival
Pigs in the Wood Maintenance and Camping Weekend
Saturday 29th July
National Day of Action against BHF
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Saturday 5th August
Stalls at the Bradford Vegan Festival in Saltaire, for general animal rights and Animal Free Research UK
Saturday 12th August
Walk in Ilkley Moor to protest against grouse shooting
Saturday 19th August
Demonstration against the Badger Cull in Liverpool

Saturday 26th August

Cube of Truth in Leeds
Cube of Truth: Leeds, August 26th

Monday 28th August

Animal Rights information stall in Huddersfield to be confirmed

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Saturday 2nd September

Official Animal Rights March in London
The Official Animal Rights March 2017 (London 02/09/17)

if you would like to help with any of these events or require more info please let BCAF know.
Please note that the date for their Halifax meeting at the Ring O Bells pub has changed from the 2nd Tuesday to the 2nd Thursday every month. Their Bradford meetings at the CVS Offices will continue to be held on the 4th Monday every month,
–Update 29/07/2017: 

Their Bradford meeting has been postponed to Monday 31st July, from 7.30pm at the CVS Offices this month. 

Bradford and Calderdale Animals Events List, March 2017

Reposted from Bradford and Calderdale Animal Friends.

Upcoming events are as follows:

Saturday 25th March
Stall for the Dr Hadwen Trust at LABL Fair on Saturday, from 10am to 4pm
http://www.labl.org.uk/

Monday 27th March
Bradford Meeting – at the CVS Offices, 19-25 Sunbridge Road from 7.30-9pm

Saturday April 1st
Stall for the Dr Hadwen Trust at the Northern Vegan Festival in Manchester, from 11am to 6pm
https://www.northernveganfestival.com/

Demonstration outside Belle Vue Greyhound Stadium in Manchester from 6.15 to 8pm, meeting place to be arranged

Tuesday 4th April
Huddersfield Earthlings Experience organised by West Yorkshire Save – outside Crawshaws Butchers from 1-4pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/347335592333350/

Saturday 8th April
Demo outside the Grand National. transport and meeting times in Bradford, Leeds and Halifax to be arranged, please let me know if you would like to join us
https://www.facebook.com/events/1353374501351730/

Saturday 29th April
World Day for Laboratory Animals Demo in Birmingham from 12.30-4.30pm. Transport and meeting times to be arranged, please let me know if you would like to join us
https://www.facebook.com/events/440619619606340/

Saturday 6th May
Stall for the Dr Hadwen Trust at Nottingham VIVA Vegan Festival
http://www.viva.org.uk/festivals/nottingham-2017

Saturday 17th June
Stalls at Great Yorkshire Vegan Festival in Leeds
http://yorkshireveganfest.org/

Saturday 24th June
Stall at Brighouse Charity Gala

Bradford Vegan Festival – stall to be booked
http://veganfestival.co.uk/bradford-vegan-festival/

Friday 7th- Sunday 9th July
UK Vegan Campout in Nottingham
https://www.facebook.com/events/1734821326777001/