Every public school in New York will now serve at least one vegan meal every lunchtime. The change has been driven by students.
The state already has a number of schools that have ditched meat entirely, meaning meat is no longer an option on the menu. These vegetarian schools will be adding further vegan options to their menu which will take turns rotating.
The new options are Mexicali Chili, Lentil Stew, Lentil Sloppy Joes, Braised Black Beans with Plantains, and Zesty BBQ Crunchy Tofu.
The change is being pushed through by The Coalition for Healthy School Food (CHSF) along with Brooklyn Borough President, Eric L. Adams. Adams went vegan last year to successfully cure his type 2 diabetes.
Adams told VegNews: “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.”