Uganda’s Vegan Society makes case for Vegan school lunch at the AVA summit in Los Angeles, CA
The Uganda Vegan society has highly been represented at this year’s Animal and Vegan Advocacy summit (AVA) that took place in Los Angeles from 27-30 July, 2023.
The AVA Summit aims to accelerate progress and create systemic change for animals by empowering advocates and organizations to increase their impact.
The event brings together people from around the world to gather in nurturing community while also providing ample networking opportunities, a career fair co-hosted by Animal Advocacy Careers and Vegan Hacktivists.
Team leader - Uganda Vegan Society, Ms. Innocent Nabaasa giving her remarks
The team from Uganda Vegan society was led by the founder Mrs. Nabaasa Innocent who, when given the opportunity to speak to over 700 guests, highlighted the impact of the Vegan school lunch program that was introduced in Ugandan schools (Kamapala & Wakiso districts)
In her speech, she noted that the society is encouraging schools to opt for plant based lunch meals.
“The goal of this project is to provide schools with opportunities to improve the quality of children's diet, whilst reducing inequalities in childhood diet and health through plant based alternatives.” She said.
A photo moment with her Tanzanian counterpert
She added that, “We focus on supporting schools to veganize their lunches, we do this through caterers/cooks’ training, supporting schools to grow their own food, linking schools to local farmers and education on the importance of plant based diet to health, environment and animals.”
Nabaasa highlights some key points from the summit which include among others, the need for continued sensitization on alternative plant based proteins – Plant based foods are affordable and sustainable, governments should encourage them by adding options in dietary guidelines.”
“The need to invest in alternatives for milk like coconut milk, soy milk, for they are healthy, affordable and accessible.” She says