Would you eat cafeteria food that is 100% veggies?
Public School 244 has been serving tofu wraps and vegetarian chili since going all-veggie earlier this year.
P.S. 244 has 400 students in pre-kindergarten through third grade.
The school started serving a vegetarian lunch three times a week. Then increased it to four times a week before making the switch to an all-vegetarian menu every day.
"We discovered early on that our kids were gravitating toward our vegetarian offerings, and we kept expanding the program to meet the demand," principal Robert Groff said.
Tuesday's menu included black beans and cheddar quesadillas served with salsa and roasted potatoes.
A staff member at the animal-welfare group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said he believes P.S. 244 may be the first all-vegetarian public elementary school in the nation.
"We think this is a really exciting development," said Ryan Huling, who coordinates PETA's work with colleges that serve vegetarian fare. "The school should be commended for providing students with low-fat, nutrient-packed brain food."
P.S. 244 is a neighborhood school, so students who prefer meat-based meals would not be able to transfer out. In addition, vegetarian children at other schools will not be able to transfer in.
Critical thinking challenge: Why is PETA supporting P.S. 244?
- Posted on May 1, 2013