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The demand for more plant-based meals in schools is growing as children, young people and parents become more aware of environmental pressures and the health benefits of eating more plant-based foods.

Indeed, including a ‘plant protein day’ in schools is one of the recommendations of the State of the Nation report.

Benefits of serving more plant-based dishes include:

  • Helps meet meal preferences of an increasing number of pupils, parents and teachers
  • A greener food choice
  • Cost-effective for school budgets
  • Good for gut health
  • Offers a choice that covers a range of dietary requirements and needs
  • Increases fruit and vegetable consumption, meeting ‘5 a day’

Looking for recipe ideas to increase the provision of vegetarian and vegan options on your menu?

Download the UK Food Plan recipe pack, developed by school chefs Tony Mulgrew and Lyndon McLeod on behalf of The Vegetarian Society, from

Do you need help with your school’s menu? Contact Anna-Maria Holt, our HCPC Registered Dietitian, for assistance. She can also help with menu audits and endorsements!

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