Los Angeles Public Schools Go Meat-Free on Mondays

Written by Katie Vann

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This past November, we announced that after working with Compassion Over Killing, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed a “Meatless Monday” resolution encouraging residents to choose meat-free foods at least once a week. Now we have more exciting news to share.

While LA’s Meatless Monday resolution was making the rounds in local and national news raising awareness about the many benefits of choosing vegetarian foods, the Los Angeles Unified School District was developing an implementation plan.

According to an article in yesterday’s Los Angeles Times, last month LA Unified, which is the nation’s second largest school district, kicked off a 100% Meatless Monday menu for all of its cafeterias. Now, every Monday an estimated 650,000 meat-free meals will be served to students throughout the City of Angels.

This means that rather than cholesterol-laden fried chicken, sausage pizza and other meaty options, students can reach for veg meals like  Southwestern Rice and Beans Bowl, Italian Calzone, Meat-free Lasagna, and other healthier, more humane options. Introducing kids at a young age to the variety and flavors of vegetarian foods raises their awareness about nutrition, health concerns like childhood obesity, global warming, and the inhumane treatment of animals raised for food.

Learn more about how you can help bring Meatless Mondays to your community, from getting a resolution passed, talking with your school, or encouraging restaurants to participate.  You can also discover more ways to get active for animals by signing up for our volunteer list.

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