Inspired by New York City Schools Going Meatless Monday? Here’s How Your School Can Join the Movement

March 18th, 2019


By Joy Lehman

New York City schools, the largest public school system in the world, will launch Meatless Monday for all 1.1 million students beginning this fall. Students will have access to an all-vegetarian breakfast and lunch every Monday.

The citywide Meatless Monday program is an expansion of a pilot program that began with 15 schools in Brooklyn in 2018. Positive student feedback from the pilot encouraged city officials to make Meatless Monday an official program for all schools.

The Meatless Monday menu will include kid-friendly menu items such as veggie tacos, meatless chili and grilled cheese. Students will also have the opportunity to weigh-in on the menu before it’s finalized.

The program was announced by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, plant-based advocate and Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams and School Chancellor Richard Carranza at a press conference attended by the Meatless Monday team. Click here for more photos, press and TV coverage.

Bring Meatless Monday to Your School – Free Resources and Expertise to K-12 Schools

Students and schools around the country are taking action to address climate change and health issues. Meatless Monday is a simple and effective program that helps students, parents and administrators develop long-term healthy eating habits that also address environmental issues.

Schools looking to implement Meatless Monday programs can consult with our team, which includes experts from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future.  Free resources include:

Research on the health and environmental benefits of choosing plant-based foods instead of meat

Implementation guides for starting Meatless Monday in school cafeterias

Marketing materials that can be used to promote Meatless Monday on site or through digital and social media

• Downloadable cookbooks and weekly newsletters with Meatless Monday recipes

• Sign-up to become a Meatless Monday Ambassador

Questions? Contact us now for additional information or to learn how to implement a program at your school.

Meatless Monday is a global movement, followed by millions, with a simple message: one day a week, cut out meat for personal health and the health of the planet. To find out more, follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterest, or Instagram!