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Meatless Mondays Expands to All 1,800 New York City Public Schools

By Sophie Hirsh

Mondays just got a little greener in New York City. As NYC lawmakers announced on Monday, beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, every NYC public school will participate in Meatless Mondays. Basically, school cafeterias across all five boroughs will only offer vegetarian options for breakfast and lunch on the first day of the week. Meatless Mondays will encourage healthier meal options, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and hurt less animals. You don't even need a New York City public school education to see how that's a win-win-win.

On Monday, March 11, a group of local leaders, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, gathered for a press conference at P.S. 130 in Brooklyn to announce the news. Meatless Mondays first launched as a pilot program in the spring of 2018, at 15 public schools in Brooklyn. The program has expanded over the past year and a half, and meat-free breakfasts and lunches have become the norm at many other city schools. But now, forgoing meat on Mondays will become compulsory at all of NYC's 1,800 public schools, which serve more than 1.1 million students — and at no additional cost.

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