New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that the city is expanding its “Meatless Mondays” program starting in the 2019-20 school year to all schools in the city.
“Cutting back on meat a little will improve New Yorkers’ health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” he said at a news conference Monday announcing the initiative. “We’re expanding Meatless Mondays to all public schools to keep our lunch and planet green for generations to come.”
The program, which was piloted in 15 schools last spring, will provide all-vegetarian breakfasts and lunches to students in New York public schools every Monday in the 2019-20 school year.
Advocates of vegetarianism and plant-based diets say cutting down on meat consumption can improve individual health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“Meatless Mondays are good for our students, communities, and the environment,” added Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza. “Our 1.1 million students are taking the next step towards healthier, more sustainable lives. Our students and educators are truly leaders in this movement, and I salute them.”
School nutrition experts will get students’ feedback before the menus are finalized.