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Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture

LA School District To Offer Vegan Lunch Options For Students

By Nicole Caldwell

Sidestepping national debates over school lunch regulations and what constitutes a serving of vegetables, one California school district is taking matters into its own hands with initiatives to offer more fresh and vegan meals, One Green Planet reports.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue made headlines this month with his revelation that his department intended to “relax” certain regulations put forward by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. Among those regulations are measures like increasing access to fresh produce.

The Los Angeles Unified School District has fired back with several schools therein expected to pilot a vegan meal program by August, according to Southern California Public Radio (SCPR). That comes on the heels of teenage activist Lila Copeland’s push for expanded vegan lunch options for students, a moratorium on processed meats at two California school districts, and a recent change by the Oakland Unified School District to adjust its lunch menu to reflect an increased offering of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and less meat and cheese.