Thanks to the Coalition for Healthy School Food (CHSF), a nonprofit that helps introduce plant-based foods into schools, all 1,800 public schools in the New York City district will offer at least one vegan option.
Cafeterias will offer students hummus, Mexicali chili, lentil stew, lentil sloppy Joes, braised black beans with plantains, and zesty barbecue crunchy tofu.
The Coalition for Healthy School Food is working with Eric Adams, Brooklyn's borough president and a committed vegan, to increase the number of vegetarian schools in Brooklyn.
Over a year ago, Eric Adams adopted a vegan diet to help fight Type 2 diabetes. In support of the new lunch program he said:
It is particularly exciting to learn that this is a youth-driven initiative. Our children understand that a healthy meal is the best fuel for a quality education, and I am pleased to work with CHSF as we advance a wholesome whole-food vision for our youngest Brooklynites and their families.
According to CHSF, the New York City Office of School Food is the only public school district in the country to offer vegetarian menus as an option, and they also offer a vegan option on the menu of all of the city's public schools each day.
There are currently over 50 school districts nationwide observing Meatless Monday, and vegan options at schools have been on the rise for years. Recently, Los Angeles Unified School District rolled out a vegan pilot program to offer more plant-based lunch options to students at no additional cost.
Offering vegan meals at schools will not only help improve students’ health and teach them how to eat a nutritious diet but also spare countless animals a life of misery at factory farms. These shifts toward plant-based school lunches are shaping the way future generations will eat.
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