LAUSD to Launch Vegan Lunch Pilot Program in August
UPDATE: According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the pilot program has been approved: “The LAUSD board just unanimously passed the Healthy Freedom campaign pilot program!!!! – One vegan entree option and a non-dairy milk alternative on School menus!”
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second-largest school district in the United States, may pilot a vegan meal program this fall–at no extra cost to students. LAUSD Board President Steve Zimmer told KPCC that he would bring the proposal for developing “a plan for expanding students’ vegan lunch options” to the school board on Tuesday. He stated:
“We have had a demand and when we get a demand like this from our community, we institute a pilot to find out is this something that we really could implement district wide.”
LAist notes the district’s history of implementing pilot programs–including “Meatless Mondays” and becoming “the first of the country’s large school districts to serve only antibiotic-free chicken” in 2016.
According to LAist, LAUSD has “over 1,100 schools and 734,000 students.” The board was scheduled to vote on the proposal yesterday afternoon.
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