Meatless Monday in the News

“If you eat less meat, you consume less saturated fat, which lowers your risk of heart disease and keeps cholesterol low. As an added bonus, it helps you maintain a healthy weight, and automatically adds more vegetable variety to your diet, thereby increasing the amount of nutrients you consume.”

- Jessica Hulett for AOL's Kitchen Daily

“Among [Sodexo’s] most successful new programs is The Monday Campaigns’ Meatless Monday, which is focused on creating dishes with plant-based proteins. Launched last year as a test, Meatless Monday is now available at 900 hospital sites and 1,200 corporate sites, and is expected to roll out this fall at all of the company’s education sites.”

- Fern Glazer for Nation's Restaurant News

“Oprah’s on board. So are Yoko, Gwyneth, and even John Tesh. They, and many others, have signed on to participate in Meatless Mondays, the carnivore’s Sabbath. In doing so, they are following in the footsteps of Herbert Hoover who, as Woodrow Wilson’s U.S. Food Administrator (1917-1919) was in charge of voluntary food rationing during World War I.”

- Rebecca Federman for Saveur

“While you can choose to eliminate meat any day of the week, Monday was selected on purpose: Studies show that people are more likely to keep up with good health habits, such as going to the gym or sticking with a diet, if they start them at the beginning of the week.”

- Anna Spiegel for The Washingtonian

“An ever-growing body of research indicates that for those who battle high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and cancer, a diet rich in whole grains, vegetables, fruits and nuts can aid in reversing the symptoms. Since seniors often deal with these health issues, it is good news that Sodexo, a national and institutional food service provider, is rolling out a Meatless Monday option for its senior living community clients in 2011.”

- Roberta Freeman for AARP

“Are you familiar with the Meatless Monday movement? Its goal is to encourage people to start each week with healthy, meat-free recipes and their website is a great resource for vegetarian recipes. Cool idea, huh?”

- Christina for

“A Meatless Monday has advantages over enforced vegetarianism because it helps release the pressure on the food system without making undue demands on the eater.”

- Adam Gopnick for The New Yorker

“[Meatless Monday] just got a huge new proponent in the form of Sodexo, a major food-services provider… Is this the tipping point that will launch the meatless movement into the national conversation? Think about that while eating your veggie lasagna next Monday.”

- Zagat Buzz

“Harpo Productions, which produces The Oprah Winfrey Show, has decided to embrace Meatless Mondays at the Harpo Cafe. ‘You have to decide what’s right for you and for your family,’ says Oprah. ‘Half the battle is just being aware of where your food comes from and how it makes you feel.'”

- Mother Nature Network

“It seems to this reader that a large number of people giving up meat at least part of the time could effect some serious change. The single biggest push for building 21st-century meals around plant-based foods might have come from the Meatless Monday campaign.”

- Greg Atkinson for The Seattle Times

“Veggies, it’s what for dinner, on Mondays. International food services provider Sodexo announced that it is signing onto the Meatless Monday health campaign, which promotes social and environmental change, one day a week.”

- Steven Hoffer for AOL News

“The national non-profit Meatless Monday campaign is proving to be “The Little Engine That Could” in the environmental public health world. In just the last two years national awareness of Meatless Monday more than doubled.”

- Ralph Loglisci for Civil Eats