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School lunch goes vegetarian in Flushing, Queens

veggieThe New York Daily News reports on the first school to go vegetarian.

Public School 244 in Flushing is the first public school in the nation to serve all-vegetarian meals for breakfast and lunch, according to city education officials.

Chefs at the Active Learning Elementary School have swapped chicken, turkey and ham for black beans, tofu and falafel, and kids are digging in with delight.

It’s a bold step. It’s great to hear that the kids are delighted. It’s a fantastic way to introduce kids to a new way to think about nutrition. They are already promoting the choice to other schools…

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, who often crows about maintaining a fit lifestyle, said the launch of the vegetarian food-fest should be duplicated in schools across the city and country.

According to the New York Post, the school has been working with parents during the transition…

School officials said that parents have been consulted every step of the way and that the school began by piloting an all-vegetarian menu three days of the week.

Parents still have the option of packing meaty offerings into their kids’ lunch boxes.

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