NYC public school system launches “Meatless Mondays” to fight climate change
This week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that all the public schools in NYC will observe “Meatless Mondays” in order to tackle two major problems – climate change and child obesity.
This means that starting in the 2019 school year, 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.
The Meatless Mondays initiative is not the first step taken by the City to ensure access to healthy and sustainable food for their students. The initiative will be part of New York City’s “Free School Lunch for All” program, which was launched in 2017 as a means of providing free, nutritious, healthy breakfasts and lunches to all participating New York City schools.