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NYC Schools to Implement Meatless Mondays

by | March 24, 2019

There was a big win for the plant-based community today! Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, New York City public schools will be implementing Meatless Mondays into their community. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about this great milestone.

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NYC Schools to Implement Meatless Mondays

Meatless Mondays may be where you began your veganism journey. If you don’t already know, Meatless Mondays are an international campaign where one does not eat any meat each Monday to improve both the individual’s health, but also the well being of the planet. It all started back during World War 1 when the U.S. Food Administration proclaimed “Meatless Monday” and “Wheatless Wednesday” in order to promote Americans to do their part on the Homefront by lowering consumption of vital resources. Later in 2003, it would officially become apart of the Healthy Monday non-profit initiative.

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The Meatless Monday initiative in NYC public schools was made public by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, along with a the NYC schools chancellor and Brooklyn Borough President ( Eric Adams, a fellow vegan.) De Blasio cites the reasons behind having Meatless Mondays are based on both the environment and public health, namely student health. This comes from the success of trial runs carried out by Adams in Brooklyn back in Spring 2018.

Although Meatless Monday will only mean vegetarian breakfasts and lunches will be served district-wide, this is nonetheless a leap into the right direction for NYC and a reason for vegans to celebrate. The Department of Education will be working with students in deciding food options sometime before the new school year, to ensure that the students are just as involved in the process as anyone else.

New York City may not be the only place in the near future that we see leaning towards healthier, plant-based food options for our children. Last week, California proposed having vegan options available statewide. Because of AB-479, the Healthy Climate-Friendly School Lunch Act, state funding for public schools in California would be available to help make having vegan lunches possible. Certain districts including Oakland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and San Diego have already been wildly successful in having vegan school lunches available.

Does your child’s school do Meatless Mondays? If not, have you tried to implement them in your school district? Let me know in the comments below.

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Gabriella Anaya

News Editor | Limoges, France | [email protected]



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