Great news for teens! Vegan food is now an option at seven Los Angeles Unified Schools District (LAUSD) high schools.
“One vegan meal choice will be on the menu every school day from now until Nov 17 in a pilot program,” writes Daily News. “During the pilot, staff from the district’s Food Services Division will survey students for feedback, to guide the expansion of vegan menus to other schools, the district said.”
The pilot program was first introduced in May, after then-Board President Steve Zimmer – who’s also vegetarian – brought up a resolution for the program. In addition, a group of vegan students (the Earth Peace Healthy Freedom Campaign) had urged the board to create a vegan menu for LAUSD schools, which gained the support of vegan actress, model and animal rights activist, Pamela Anderson.
One school in each division will participate in the program, including: North Hollywood High School; Sylmar High School; Crenshaw High School; Fairfax High School; Huntington Park High School; Phineas Banning High School (Wilmington); and Theodore Roosevelt High School (Boyle Heights).
But what can students expect to eat? Some of the dishes served include vegetarian chilli served with tortilla chips, a teriyaki veggie patty sandwich, a bean tamale, a veggie burger, and an Italian (soy) sausage sub sandwich, according to Daily News.
The prices will be similar to regular school meals. Lunches are free or cost $0.40, and a full lunch costs $3 to $3.50.
Hopefully this pilot program will serve as inspiration for other schools to follow suit and will hopefully encourage LAUSD schools to serve permanent vegan options.