The profits from every £1 ticket sold go directly to the Vegetarian Society, to fund a variety of programmes and initiatives that introduce vegetarian eating to a wider section of people, including those who might not have had the right information or the luxury of choice before.
We look at five ways your Veggie Lotto money helps build a kinder future.
Running cooking courses that empower
Cooking’s a useful practise – it’s therapeutic, confidence building and teaches life-skills. It can be used to practise a new language or put social skills to the test. The Vegetarian Society Cookery School works with a variety of groups to show them how easy and delicious veggie food is to cook and to help build up essential skills. Simply put, learning to cook can change lives.
The cookery school works with groups with learning difficulties, mental and physical health issues, refugees, the homeless and asylum seekers and teaches them how to make dishes like cauliflower and chickpea curry, roasted vegetable plait and veggie sausage and apple casserole. Students from The Bradford Deaf Centre, recently attended one of these free classes, and liked one of their recipes so much, it’s going to be included on their Christmas menu.
Funding events that bring people together
Each May the UK becomes awash with events for National Vegetarian Week (in 2018 it will be 14-20 May) that inspire people to go vegetarian. This year everyone from businesses to bloggers and even the Hairy Bikers got involved creating vegetarian recipes, but next year you could get involved too.
The Vegetarian Society gives out grants each year to people and groups who want to put on an event that brings people together to enjoy some great vegetarian food.
This year grants ranging from £50 to £2,000, helped bring over 100 ideas to life, including the Urban Community Chef in Belfast. The event saw refugees from six countries create a veggie feast at a community centre that fed over 90 people and brought people together over inexpensive yet tasty meals from their homelands. Down on the south coast, Blueprint22, (a not-for-profit organisation that works with 16-25 year olds) baked 700 veggie cakes for elderly residents in care homes to enjoy. The organisation loved getting involved so much they’ve decided to go vegetarian as a result.
Accrediting vegetarian and vegan products
The Vegetarian Society has two Vegetarian Society Approved trademarks (a vegan one and a vegetarian one) that are used on products and on menus so you know what you’re eating adheres to their strict guidelines. If you’re not sure about a product, you can check if it’s licensed to carry a Vegetarian Society Approved trademark on their website.
If you’re at a food show this year then look out for the Vegetarian Society’s stand where they introduce newly accredited products. They’re at many shows including Just V in London, the go-to event for anyone looking to embrace a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle. (In 2017, it takes place from 7-9 July and tickets are free).
Offering advice and practical information
If you’re thinking of switching to a veggie diet or want more information on the benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle then a great source of information is the Vegetarian Society’s handy guide to going vegetarian. It gives you everything you need to know in one place, from easy lunch recipes to understanding veggie nutrition. The Vegetarian Society creates numerous guides and information packs like these, and offers them either for free or at a hugely discounted cost, funded by its lottery ticket money.
Offering support when it’s needed most
Small acts of kindness mount up, and the Vegetarian Society acts as a support network for anyone who wants to take steps towards living a vegetarian lifestyle. It offers advice to parents who don’t know what to cook for their newly vegetarian child or teenager. It supports schools who want to promote meat-free dishes. It helps restaurants make sure their menus are labelled correctly. It’s even advised the Bank of England, after the furore last year over the use of tallow in the new five pound notes. And the Vegetarian Society can help you if you need it too.
Want to play the Veggie Lotto?
Buy Veggie Lotto tickets online. There’s a weekly digital draw with seven guaranteed cash prizes each week, up to £25,000. All of the profits from every ticket sold goes towards funding the work of the Vegetarian Society.