It's a sensitive issue. I guess there's nothing really more personal than a discussion as to what we should and shouldn't be allowed to put into our mouths.  Daycare, Jigsaws Curzon House, situated in Chester, England, has recently made headlines for being the first to make an entirely vegan menu. This means that come the new year when the menu is implemented, all the kids will be eating exclusively vegan.  Some of the parents are not happy about this. Continue scrolling to see why this daycare could be monumental in the leap into environmentally-friendly eating, despite some of the vegan meal horror stories of the past...

"I don't want my child eating seeds!"

Look, I get it, your kid isn’t a bird. Your toddler likes snickerdoodles and red vines and cheesy fries. We all do! But there’s no harm in learning about all different foods when you’re young, right?

Jigsaw nursery makes a real effort to educate the kids.

From the cooking process to teaching the children where the food comes from. The nursery as a whole believes in educating the kids about what goes into making the plate of food that is put in front of them.

The nursery even ran a foodbank trip.

Chester is a relatively affluent area in the North-West of England and the children attending the nursery probably have fairly well off parents. Given that the daycare costs are around $310 a week… The nursery wants the children to understand that not everyone has food plated up for them so easily. By taking the nursery groups to the local foodbank, they help the children understand poverty.

What about the picky eaters?

Of course, there is no-one more picky about what’s on their plate than a young child. There are some parents that are probably concerned the menu change will not sit well with the fussy eating habits of their child.

That being said, the menu was already pretty diverse.

The current menu, which is still advertised on the nursery’s site shows a diverse selection of dishes. With an excellent idea of having a different country’s cuisine each day, the nursery ensures that all the children grow a diverse palette.

Many support the changes.

By going meat-free, the nursery is taking a big step in helping the planet.

But will the new menu upset the kids?

Many parents are annoyed that they were not consulted about the new menu and they are concerned their kids won’t like it. I’d argue that kids are very adaptable and I’m sure that they probably won’t even notice.

Up until now, the nursery has been really popular with parents.

The day nursery has rave reviews on their Facebook page, with most parents giving it a 5-star rating.

Parents just want what's best for their little ones.

Anything that can threaten this bubble they have their kids wrapped up in can cause all kinds of outrage. Parents have been speaking to the national press. Let’s hear what some of them had to say, shall we?

"To go veggie is one thing, but to go full-on vegan is just madness."

One parent who has a kid at the nursery anonymously spoke to The Mail and said: “To impose a lifestyle choice on these children before they can make their own mind up is plain wrong. If anything it discriminates against those kids who enjoy a diet of meat and fish. To ban them from eating meat is outrageous. It’s simply not their decision to make. I like to think I cook healthy and nutritious meals for my children which include meat and vegetables. My son has a big appetite as well, I think he’ll come home starving. To go veggie is one thing, but to go full-on vegan is just madness.”

"There's obviously no cheese, which my daughter loves."

In another complaint, an anonymous parent was concerned her child wouldn’t get her favorites. She said: “If my daughter wants to be a vegan when she’s older then that’s fine but I’ll have that conversation with her myself. There’s obviously no cheese, which my daughter loves, and no meat or the goodness from fish. It’s such a huge, drastic change and I’m not happy about it.”

"If anything, it takes the pressure off having to feed him uber-healthy food at home"

One parent, Natalie Stevens, could certainly see the bright side of the situation.  She wrote on Facebook: “It’s like saying you don’t want your children to be educated in what will save our planet. Vegan or not, this is an incredibly healthy-sounding menu and I am thrilled our son will be eating this kind of food.” But my favorite part of her comment has got to be when she said, “If anything, it takes the pressure off having to feed him uber-healthy food at home because I know he’ll have had a wholesome and nutritious meal at nursery.” I’m not quite sure that’s the point of the new menu, but ah well at least she’s on board.

I think the new menu looks pretty tasty.

I mean it’s not exactly potato chips and houmous, is it?

So long as the kids enjoy what they're eating.

I’d argue that any concerned parents such just wait until the menu goes live to voice any issues with it. If it just so happens that their toddler enjoys the new vegan menu just as much as the old menu, then no worries, right? Vegan cuisine has come a long way, so now delivering a low-quality vegan option just isn’t acceptable. Try telling that to major airlines though…

Daycare might have wicked vegan menus but airlines have a long way to go.

Trust me, after you read this list of the 15 worst vegan dishes served by airline companies you will completely agree.

15. Jon, Thai Airlines

“They provided a vegetarian option on request for my partner but no vegan for me. Also, it was a very unhealthy pastry. Not a big issue when we were only on a 1-hour flight – perhaps their provision is different for a longer flight.”

14. Karly, Norwegian Air UK

“Disappointed by my ‘vegan’ breakfast that wasn’t actually vegan (honey oat bar). Also, would love Norwegian to realize vegans can eat more than just fruit! There are plenty of vegan options these days and I was disappointed by their reliance on fruit to cater for vegan meals.”

13. Claire, Thomas Cook

“My daughter flew Manchester-San Francisco on 28.5.19 – an 11hour flight. She had pre-booked her vegan meal and confirmed it in a telephone conversation with the airline. The air steward argued with her that no meal had been booked, until she produced a confirmation email to him. An hour after everyone else had been served, the steward produced an apple for her. At that point she hadn’t eaten since breakfast at 7am, the flight left Manchester at 11:55am. You shouldn’t have to expect to take precautionary extra food on a flight with you when you have pre-ordered food. Non-vegan passengers wouldn’t be expected to do this. She didn’t have room in her hand luggage as space was limited due to her traveling to work in the USA for 3 months. By the time she got off the plane and through customs she hadn’t eaten in almost 20 hours.”

12. Kaisa, Lufthansa

“The vegan food was absolutely tasteless and I do not know how it held together because it had no texture at all. So on my way back I decided to have a fruit meal instead and this was even worse! It consisted of two unripe plums, bun, butter and bottle of water! Since when are bun and butter considered to be fruits? And this was supposed to cover half of the 10-hours flight…”  

11. Mel, American Airlines

“Flew round-trip from Philadelphia, PA to Atlanta, GA, then back so flight was not long enough for full-meals to be served. However, snacks were provided but only of the junk-food variety, i.e chips, pretzels, cookies, together with Coke, Sprite, or Iced Tea, none of which are vegan. No vegan options were listed in the menu’s provided as well.”

10. Tanya, Eurowings

“Just a couple of weeks ago I flew with Eurowings again and as always there was nothing vegan offered to eat apart from a bag of crisps. For years this company has been offering cheese sandwiches to vegetarians, failing to understand that cheese is not even vegetarian, because it has been curdled with calf rennet.”

9. Claire, British Airways

“We booked vegan meals at the time of booking but on the flight to be told they weren’t there (in fact they said we weren’t even on the passenger list, despite the fact that we obviously had boarding cards – not terribly confidence inspiring). Attached is a picture of what they came up with, for our evening meal – banana, apple, orange and a packet of crisps.”

8. Lisa, Ryanair

“I bought a small tub of pringles as I was hungry and that was all that was available that was suitable. AND this small tub cost over twice as much as a large one in the supermarket. No plant-based milk available would have loved a cup of tea!”

7. Essie, Air Canada

“Plain rice, steamed carrots, string beans and some grilled tomatoes. White (stale) bread roll with margarine. Dessert was fruit slices if I remember correctly. Bring your own food. On the plus side at least it didn’t cost anything, but they did charge for all alcohol.”

6. Shirley, Jet2

“I was told there was a vegetarian option only. I asked for a coffee with plant milk and the flight attendant said , ‘we do have semi-skimmed milk.’ I really wanted a hot drink so I asked for hot water, they filled up a cup and asked me for £1.50!! I refused to buy it. “I was so disgusted that I had no food, no coffee or tea with plant milk and was charged £1.50 for hot water, I said the airline was offering a very poor service for Vegans. There was no apology at all nor acknowledgment to my comment.”

5. Ruby, Aer Lingus

“The meal was a gruel-like yellow rice mush (maybe supposed to be risotto?) mixed with sweetcorn, tomato and some chewy bits of asparagus. The salad was provided with dressing which was nice and the fruit seemed fresh but the bread roll was hard on the inside and stale. I’m sure it wouldn’t be hard to do better than this! Later when we were given breakfast I was only offered a non-vegan muffin with no explanation as to why a vegan option wasn’t provided.”

4. Jess, Thompson (TUI)

“Can’t fault the crew or the actual flight…just the food. Unfortunately, the only vegan food on the menu was chips. The only hot drink option was black tea or coffee.”

3. Harriet, Aer Lingus

“The main lunch provided on my flight was barely edible – undercooked (15 pieces of) pasta, with a smattering of tomato sauce and a couple of limp vegetables. Later when the other passengers got an afternoon tea snack, I was offered the same dry onion-y salad and under-ripe fruit bowl that I had been given alongside my lunch previously.”

2. Denise, FlyBe

“No actual meals were available, however the steward did point out a small Graze box of bbq nuts in the menu which were vegan, and the water. Very poor.”

1. Jane, Delta Airlines

“Main meal was plain rice, peppers and onions with a side salad… disappointing. Got served BUTTER twice. Had a poor vegan snack of a cucumber and tomato sandwich, no spread or anything. Breakfast was a banana, bagel, jam and juice, no vegan margarine and no soya milk or milk alternative which was especially disappointing especially with the fact Starbucks are partnered with Delta.” For more vegan fails, scroll on for a time when Pizza Hut seriously dropped the ball.

Healthcare professionals all over the world have been powering through to help those in need.

But it’s heartwarming to know that it’s not just those out risking their lives who are going above and beyond to help where they can. So before we get into one man’s heroic gesture, let’s take a look at what acts of kindness others are sharing…

It's not just celebrities donating money.

View this post on Instagram

Watch until the end. #CoronaKindness

A post shared by MS. BLING💎™ (@msblingmiami) on

People from all over have been donating money to small businesses all over the world.

Legendary fashion designer, Ralph Lauren, donated a generous $10 million last week.

But, of course, that wasn’t all. The fashion brand also announced that it is also preparing to produce medical-grade protective materials such as gowns and masks for frontline healthcare workers. WWD reports that the brand is working with its U.S. team to create 25,000 gowns and 250,000 masks.

L.A. Clippers owner, Steve Ballmer, has pledged $25 million.

The former Microsoft executive made the donation on behalf of himself and his wife.

Even Kylie Jenner has also done her bit to help.

Kylie Jenner donated the sum of $1 million dollars to help the fight. Her money will go towards providing face masks and other essential equipment.

Some celebs have come up with more creative ways to raise money.

Elton John hosted a benefit concert, titled iHeart Living Room Concert For America, on Sunday featuring a ton of famous faces performing from their homes including Billie Eilish, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Sam Smith, and Lizzo. As per the BBC, the amount raised from the event was not immediately revealed, but Procter & Gamble gave $500,000, which was also matched by Fox.

But of course, it's not just celebs who have been making a difference...

Organizations, companies, and of course, ordinary people have also been mucking in.

One man turned his school bus into a delivery truck for Food for Kids.

“They delivered 10,000 meals Friday. Made my day.”

Pay it forward.

This is such an amazing idea.

Even the smallest of gestures can go a long way.

Motivational messages and rainbows have been popping up on sidewalks and windows across the globe.

The most recent gesture of goodwill comes from a paramedic.

Shumel Rahman has been praised for making the difficult decision to shave off his beard in order to protect those around him while on the frontline.

The thirty-nine-year-old had been growing his beard for more than a decade.

He admitted that it wasn’t just part of his identity, but was an important part of his religion too.

Rahman works for the North East Ambulance Service in the UK.

He ultimately decided to shave off his beard to protect his patients and colleagues who he comes into contact with on a daily basis.

Unfortunately, face masks aren't designed with beards in mind, which means they don't fit safely on the face.

He shared the challenging decision on social media, saying it “wasn’t a step [he has] taken lightly.”

His post read...

“After a lot of thought and much deliberation I’ve decided to shave my beard off. This is to allow the respiratory equipment to fit properly. I’ve had a beard for well over a decade and I can’t remember the last time I shaved.”  

He got advice from his peers to help with the decision.

“I’ve consulted many Islamic scholars and teachers, locally and nationally, sought advice from fellow Muslim healthcare professionals and very helpfully from the BIMA British Islamic Medical Association. This is was not a simple yes or no answer, however this is exceptional circumstances, totally unprecedented and a unique situation.”  

There's no doubt this was an extremely courageous act, and one only he could decide to do.

“I’ve shaven off my beard to protect my patients, my colleagues and my family. One of the greatest acts is to save someone’s life. This simple act may help do that.”

His post has attracted a lot of attention on Facebook.

The ambulance service congratulated Mr. Rahman for his selfless actions, saying: “One of our Muslim colleagues, Shumel, has shaved his beard off to keep himself, his patients, his family and his colleagues safe. Being clean shaven ensures face masks fit correctly. Well done Shumel.”  

The post has been liked more than 1,200 times.

It’s nice to see people have been praising his efforts and acknowledging the sacrifice he had to make.  

He has received comments from all over the UK.

One person wrote: “Well done Shumel, I don’t know you personally but I know how much this is a sacrifice from within your faith,’ another simply said: ‘A fantastic paramedic.” While another commented: “Definitely not an easy decision, May Allah give you strength to fulfil your current duty and make you to grow back again.”

He ended his post by urging everyone to do their part in this trying time.

He wrote: “You can save lives by staying home and protecting the NHS, letting us get on with our job.”

What a hero.

If Shumel can make such a huge sacrifice in order to keep those around him safe, the least we can do as a country is stay home. If you’re in need of cheering up, keep scrolling to see what your favourite celebs are doing to help…
© Copyright 2020.