City officials on Monday, October 23 announced that 15 Brooklyn schools will participate in “Meatless Mondays” next spring.
The program – which builds off the plant-based advocacy of Borough President Eric Adams who credits healthy eating to his success over Type 2 Diabetes – will provide participating schools with healthy, all-vegetarian breakfast and lunch menus every Monday.
“Cutting back a little on meat will help make our city healthier and our planet stronger for generations to come,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio, who made the announcement at P.S. 1 in Sunset Park, one of five schools in New York City which currently offers an exclusively vegetarian menu every day of the week. “Chirlane and I are excited to participate in Meatless Mondays at home, and we thank Borough President Adams for leading the charge behind this healthy and sustainable initiative.”
Gracie Mansion, he said, will also go meatless for all Monday meals.
“I am living proof of the power of a plant-based diet to transform one’s health,” added Adams. “I believe that Meatless Mondays is an extremely significant initiative that has the power to transform the health of thousands of our city’s students, as well as open the door to a powerful conversation that children can have with families on nutrition and wellness. I thank Mayor de Blasio for working with me on this mission to change our relationship with food and tackle nutritional health in a real way. As Hippocrates said, ‘let food be thy medicine.’”
“Meatless Mondays” is also part of the city’s ongoing effort to ensure every student is provided with a free, healthy lunch. It piggybacks on the DOE’s recently launched Free School Lunch for All program.
Furthermore, it will come at no extra cost to the city.
The names of participating schools have not yet been released.