Vegetables are important for growing bodies but any parent knows it can be hard to get a kid to eat them. That fact makes CNN’s report that an elementary school in New York, grades prekindergarten through three, has switched to a completely vegetarian menu.
Active Learning Elementary School, a school of 400 students, was founded five years ago. Its founders firmly believed a healthy body was the key to academic achievement and began making vegetables the center of many school lunches. Administrators noticed plenty of students were bringing their own vegetarian meals from home and began offering meat-free meals three days a week three years ago. In January, the school made the move to exclude meat during all days of the week. When developing the menu, the school worked closely with the city’s department of education food program and a parent who’s a vegetarian chef. They were also sure to keep food costs down so parents wouldn’t feel the new lunch program taking an additional bite out of their wallets.
Of course, parents can pack any kind of lunch they want for their kids. But most of the kids are just fine; they like the Chinese noodles with vegetables and tofu the most.