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1,200 Public Schools in New York City Add a Vegan Lunch Option

New York City schools are loving the new meal options.

Great news! Every single public school in New York City – that’s 1,200 schools – will now offer at least one vegan option on their lunch menus.

The Coalition for Healthy School Food (CHSF) previously introduced plant-based foods to schools, and have been working hard to transform school meals. Thanks to them, students will have the chance to choose from a variety of different vegan school meal options, including Mexican Chili, Lentil Stew, Lentil Sloppy Joes, Braised Black Beans with Plantains, and Zesty BBQ Crunchy Tofu.

This isn’t CHSF’s first major success. They have so far helped three New York City schools ditch meat entirely and transition to all-vegetarian menus.

What are the schools thinking? They’re extremely happy with the change! Even Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams supports the transition, as he recently went vegan to help fight his type 2 diabetes.

“It is particularly exciting to learn that this is a youth-driven initiative,” Adams said. “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 PS1 Principal Arlene Ramos, the students were asking for healthier, meat-free lunch options. It was a smart choice on their part.

Recently, seven LAUSD schools have been trying out vegan lunch options as part of a pilot program, and it’s been going well. We hope that other cities in the United States will follow the examples New York City and Los Angeles have provided. After all, it would be so much nicer to see healthy, colourful foods in cafeterias for kids to choose from rather than unhealthy fries and pop.






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