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South San Francisco Unified School District Joins Meatless Monday Movement

The Humane Society of the United States praises school system

Students at South San Francisco Unified School District are finding healthy meat-free dishes in their dining halls on Mondays and filling their trays with servings such as bean burritos, taco triangles with sides of apples and fresh baby carrots.

The school district recently joined the international Meatless Monday movement and is participating by offering exclusively meat-free meals in its elementary and middle school cafeterias every Monday, and by educating students about the health benefits of eating more plant-based foods. The new program earned praise from The Humane Society of the United States.

The school district joins other Bay Area school districts including Oakland Unified, West Contra Costa Unified, Novato Unified, and Mt. Diablo Unified in joining the Meatless Monday movement.

Kristie Middleton, food policy manager of The Humane Society of the United States issued the following statement:

“Americans eat too much meat, and we pay a heavy price for it. Providing more plant-based meals to kids can improve their health and raise their consciousness about how their food choices connect to the world around them.”

The HSUS advocates compassionate eating – or the Three Rs: “reducing” or “replacing” consumption of animal products and “refining” our diets by switching to products from sources that adhere to higher animal welfare standards.


Media Contact: Anna West, awest@humanesociety.org, 301-258-1518

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