PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia school district is the latest to jump on the anti-meat bandwagon.
The city’s School Reform Commission – effectively the school board – passed a resolution ” in support of Meatless Monday,” according to The Philadelphia Tribune.
The action comes after activists from The Humane League of Philadelphia and the Washington, D.C.-based Humane Society “worked to build support for meatless menus in Philadelphia schools.”
“They’re really looking forward to expand meat-free options in the future,” Kristil Smith, food policy manager for The Humane Society, says.
“We support it because it’s a great way to reduce the number of animals suffering on factory farms.”
The SRC made the decision to “satisfy tastes of a diverse student body.” The school system provides interpretation and translation services in 10 languages, including Arabic, Spanish, American Sign Language, Chinese and Vietnamese, as well.
The newspaper notes Buffalo, Detroit, Houston and Los Angeles have signed on as well.
Boston recently endorsed the campaign, too.
On Mondays, students in Boston Public Schools are “filling their trays with black bean burrito bowls, garden fresh salads topped with chickpeas, protein-packed chili, and more,” according to the Humane Society.
The organization takes credit for the school district making the move to embrace what the group calls “compassionate eating.”
It also has its own definition of 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.”
“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,” says Deborah Ventricelli, deputy director of the Boston Public Schools Department of Food and Nutrition Services.