In an attempt to encourage fitness across young generations, New York City schools will now serve only Vegan food every Friday.
Starting this week, throughout the academic year, NYC schools will serve vegan-only meals every Friday, in keeping with Mayor Eric Adams’s focus on fitness. According to the Department of Education, the dietary practice which disallows meat and dairy will scrap staples like mac and cheese and replace them with veggie tacos and other plant-based dishes. The Vegan-only plan comes in addition to the pre-existing No-Meat Mondays and Fridays.
Adams, who is Vegan by choice, said of the decision, “Plant-based options in schools means healthy eating and healthy living, and improving the quality of life for thousands of New York City students. Plant-based meals are delicious and nutritious, which is why I previously called for vegetarian and vegan options in schools. I’m thrilled to see that all students will now have access to healthy foods that will prevent debilitating health conditions.”
The program that already kickstarted on Friday, offered kids vegan variants to their regular meals, ranging from plantain and rice bowls to Mediterranean chickpeas. Other vegan options will include seasoned broccoli salad, spinach and cranberry salad, and roasted cauliflower. The DOE will still offer kids milk on Fridays because it must be provided per FDA guidelines.