Many leading caterer training providers give budding chefs only a limited overview of vegan and vegetarian diets. VfL’s lunch club guide – available in digital format – is the perfect way to bridge this gap. Packed with lots of information on catering for vegans and vegetarians, chefs will no longer be struggling for lunchtime ideas and inspiration.

Amanda Woodvine, CEO of VfL says: “You’re sure to have seen positive news about the rise in meat-free diets. Google reports that searches for ‘vegan food near me’ rose by more than 5,000 percent in 2021. Supermarkets, online stores and most catering suppliers are now havens for plant-based foods, and both the ingredients and cooking possibilities are endless.”

VfL offers care caterers and those looking to run community-based lunch club activities the expertise, hands-on training, and practical resources needed to cater for older vegans and vegetarians with flair.

The new 24-page guide was written especially for those running lunch clubs, but its tasty, nutritious recipes and sound advice will be invaluable for all hospitality workers. In addition to novel sandwich ideas, soups and mains, there are helpful hints and tips around hidden ingredients, vegan protein sources, and dairy alternatives.

Ms Woodvine added: “An increasing number of older people in particular are choosing to cut down on meat or dairy consumption, or even cut them out completely. And around 10% of the UK population may have special dietary requirements because of their beliefs. So, it’s more important than ever to provide a diverse and tasty range of options.

“Recent research by the Eating Better Alliance found that 85% of sandwiches available on the market have meat, fish or cheese as their main ingredient[1]. Given the significant rise in meat-free diets, consumers are likely to be very attracted to a good range of lunchtime options.”

For more details and to download a copy of ‘Lunch club catering for older vegans and vegetarians’, visit or call the charity on 0161 257 0887.

Vegetarian for Life (VfL), is a charity dedicated to supporting older vegans and vegetarians living in care homes as well as independently.

It publishes a popular lifestyle magazine for older vegans, and a range of glossy guides, from nutrition, through to seasonal recipes, cooking for one, and information on meal-delivery services.

V for Life runs its own veggie pen- and phone-pals scheme; provides information on the veggie-friendly care homes that it works with; and offers grants to support independent living.

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