A school in New York’s Brooklyn has become the first in the borough to drop all meat from its menu, according to the non-profit Coalition for Healthy School Food.
P.S.1 Bergen Elementary School has adopted a completely vegetarian menu, as part of a program which helps schools transition toward a plant-based diet.
The decision to launch a meat-free menu was student-driven – therefore making the school the third public one in the city to switch to vegetarian food only.
Principal Arlene Ramos said in a statement that students demanded the change.
Ramos said:”My students have expressed an interest in healthier eating, and the school gave them the option to choose this menu.
“I am very proud of their decision.”
The school has a vegan entrée of hummus on offer, as well as lentil sloppy Joes, pasta fagioli, Mexicali chili, braised black beans with plantains, and teriyaki crunchy tofu.
P.S. 1 joins school Flushing’s P.S. 244, and Lower Manhattan’s P.S. 343 in their move toward a plant-based diet.
Hopefully more schools in the area will take up the veggie mantle.
Amie Hamlin, Executive Director of the Coalition for Healthy Food, said: “There are several schools interested in having a vegetarian menu, but they share a building with other schools, and all principals in the building have to agree to menu changes.”