Starting this week, students will have a new option at lunchtime: a meal without meat or dairy.
One vegan meal choice will be on the menu every school day from now until Nov. 17 in a pilot program at seven Los Angeles Unified School District schools. During the pilot, staff from the district’s Food Services Division will survey students for feedback, to guide the expansion of vegan menus to other schools, the district said.
The LAUSD board approved the pilot project last May, after then-Board President Steve Zimmer, a vegetarian, introduced a resolution for the program. A group of vegan students, the Earth Peace Healthy Freedom Campaign, had pressed the board to adopt a vegan menu for LAUSD schools, even enlisting the support and personal appearance before the school board of “Baywatch” actress Pamela Anderson, a vegan and animal rights activist.
One school in each of the seven school board districts now has the pilot program. They are: North Hollywood High School, Sylmar High School, Crenshaw High School, Fairfax High School, Huntington Park High School, Phineas Banning High School (Wilmington) and Theodore Roosevelt High School (Boyle Heights).
What’s on the menu? Some examples: vegetarian chili with tortilla chips, a teriyaki veggie patty sandwich, a bean tamale and a veggie burger.