NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — "Meatless Mondays" are coming to all New York City public schools.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams jointly announced that all public schools would be serving all-vegetarian menus for breakfast and lunch on Mondays, starting in the 2019-2020 school year.
The program had a trial run in 15 Brooklyn schools in 2018 and is now coming to all 1,800 city schools.
“Cutting back on meat a little will improve New Yorkers' health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said de Blasio. “We're expanding Meatless Mondays to all public schools to keep our lunch and planet green for generations to come.”
“Meatless Mondays are good for our students, communities, and the environment,” said 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!”
The mayor’s office says the program will be cost-neutral.
De Blasio shared a grilled cheese sandwich with students at P.S. 130 and observed, "For generations American parents have told their children to eat their vegetables. It's not a new idea. And too often kids thought vegetables weren't cool or maybe they weren't being cooked the way the kids like to eat them. But now you have young people who want to eat their vegetables, want to eat their fruit, it was beautiful at our table. They were just all about eating their vegetables and eating their fruit. They were happy about it."
School officials will be getting feedback from children before a menu is finalized.
De Blasio emphasized that on Mondays, any family is still free to send a child to school with a breakfast or lunch containing meat, WCBS 880's Rich Lamb reported.