The New York City public school system, which is the largest in the nation, announced earlier this week that they will be introducing “Meatless Mondays” to fight climate change and child obesity.
Starting in the 2019 school year, Mayor Bill de Blasio says that all New York City public schools will begin serving up free, healthy vegetarian breakfast and lunch menus every Monday.
Following a successful trial period in 15 Brooklyn schools last year, the weekly menu change will now be implemented in all 1,800 city schools.
“Cutting back on meat a little will improve New Yorkers’ health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “We’re expanding Meatless Mondays to all public schools to keep our lunch and planet green for generations to come.”
This shift in options to a more plant-based menu is seen as a win-win situation, with School Chancellor Richard A. Carranza saying: “Meatless Mondays are good for our students, communities, and the environment. Our 1.1 million students are taking the next step towards healthier, more sustainable lives.”
The Meatless Mondays initiative is not the first step taken by the City to ensure access to healthy and sustainable food for their students, either. The initiative will be part of New York City’s “Free School Lunch for All” program, which launched in the 2017 as a means of…
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