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Boston Public Schools Joins Meatless Monday Movement

The HSUS praises school district for bringing meat-free options to students

Students at Boston Public Schools are finding more prominent placement of meat-free dishes in their cafeterias on Mondays and are filling their trays with black bean burrito bowls, garden fresh salads topped with chickpeas, protein-packed chili, and more.

The school district joined the Meatless Monday movement after working with The Humane Society of the United States and hearing from more than a thousand students, parents, teachers and Boston members of The Humane League encouraging the district to take part. Boston Public Schools is participating by offering additional meat-free options and by educating students about the health benefits of eating more plant-based foods.

More than 57,000 students are enrolled at Boston Public Schools, which comprises 128 schools.

Deputy Director of the Boston Public Schools Department of Food and Nutrition Services Deborah Ventricelli said: “Offering students nutritious meals as part of the Meatless Monday programs allows us to meet the diverse needs of the families in our district while getting the week off to a healthy start. Now, every Monday, our students know they can look forward to a high-quality meatless option in addition to the choices they already have.”

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

Media Contact: Anna West, awest@humanesociety.org, 240-751-2669