No meat on Mondays for city schools starting this fall
Meatless Mondays will soon be coming to all 1,800 New York City public schools.
The announcement was made at P.S. 130 by Mayor Bill de Blasio, Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.
The initiative started last spring when 15 public schools in Brooklyn, including P.S. 130, held Meatless Mondays.
Students were served items like grilled cheese, pasta and barbecue beans. The Department of Education's Office of Food and Nutrition Services plans to meet with students for feedback before finalizing a new menu.
Officials say the new policy won't cost the city any money and students will benefit from it. They say it will be good for their health and also help the environment.
The World Health Organization classifies processed meat as a group 1 carcinogen, meaning there is sufficient evidence proving it causes cancer.
Smoking tobacco and asbestos fall in the same category.
"If we don't light up a Marlboro in the morning then we should not be serving them the same food that will produce the same results," Adams said.
The mayor says it will reduce greenhouse emissions and pollution by eliminating the transportation and preparation of meat. He also said that children who bring their own lunch can bring in meat, but it won't be an option for food served in the cafeteria.