Friends of the Earth Report Highlights Meatless Monday in Climate-Friendly School Food Study

October 8th, 2018


Meatless Monday is thrilled to be part of the solution for a healthier school lunch and a healthier planet.

Meatless Monday is thrilled to be part of the solution for a healthier school lunch and a healthier planet.
Friends of the Earth (FOE), a U.S. based international network of environmental organizations, recently published an extensive food and agriculture report on refining America’s school lunch program, Scaling Up Healthy, Climate-Friendly School Food.

The FOE report makes it clear, the foods we eat make a difference.

The report cited adoption of Meatless Monday as a high-impact practice for K-12 schools to implement climate-friendly foodservice.

FOE gives a snapshot of how one school district in California saved money and helped the environment by implementing a meat-reduction school lunch program. Over a two-year period, Oakland Unified School District*:

• Saved $42,000

• Saved 42 million gallons of water or enough water to fill 63 Olympic-sized pools

• Made a 14% reduction in the carbon footprint of its entire purchases, the equivalence of 15,000 trees or 1.5 million fewer miles driven

Get Meatless Monday Going in Your Community

If reading about the success of Meatless Monday has you wondering how to get involved, consider becoming a Meatless Monday Ambassador in your school, organization, or community. We have everything you need to get Meatless Monday started in your K-12 school.

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*Hamerschlag, K., Dalton, J., and Kraus-Polk, J. 2018. Scaling up Healthy, Climate-Friendly School Food. Page 9 and Page 8. Friends of the Earth. https://1bps6437gg8c169i0y1drtgz-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Climate-Friendly-Food_Full-Report.pdf