Manhattan Goes Meatless?

March 1st, 2010

foodnyc_apple_160x180Manhattan Borough President, Scott Stringer, has embraced Meatless Monday – and is recommending that the New York City Department of Education institute Meatless Monday in all city public schools! As part of his recent report, "FoodNYC: A Blueprint for a Sustainable Food System,’ Stringer points to the success of the Baltimore City Public School MM program, and maintains it sends a positive message to kids about the health benefits of eating less meat and more vegetables.

As reported in the New York Times, Stringer stresses, "You’ve got to reach the next generation of New Yorkers early.” Baltimore schools’ food and nutrition services director, Tony Geraci, adds, “There’s not a culture on the planet that doesn’t have vegetarian offerings. You just have to remember to make it taste good.’

Meatless Monday is about giving people a choice – the option to start the week with a meat-free meal. We’re delighted that the Manhattan Borough President is casting a vote for public health with his support of Meatless Monday. We now encourage the city’s education department to enact the recommendation, and to bring nutritious, tasty lunches that will, ultimately, help to fight obesity and chronic disease!