NYC Mayor de Blasio Signs Off On “Meatless Mondays” for Public School Kids

About 1,800 schools will ditch meat on Mondays come September.

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio signed Meatless Monday's into action on Monday. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio approved a policy that will institute “meatless Mondays” for public school kids across the city on Monday.

After 15 schools in Brooklyn tried it out and, according to CBS News, actually liked it, some 1,800 New York City public schools will ditch meat each Monday in favor of vegetarian-only options beginning in September.

Foods include “grilled cheese, baked beans, clementines, carrots,” one satisfied 12-year-old said. “I’m a vegetarian so I think it’s really nice to have meatless Monday,” she added.

Mayor de Blasio — who may or may not run for President next year — joined students for lunch, sampled the vegetarian menu, and took suggestions while he dipping his grilled cheese in the beans, according to CBS.

“…It’s good for the environment and good for you yourself,” de Blasio said during Monday’s announcement. “I think we’re done here.”

Schools chancellor Richard Carranza said meatless Mondays had such “overwhelmingly positive feedback that we knew this was the right thing to do.”

And the experts agree.

“Meatless Monday is great,” Amy Shapiro, a registered dietician said.

“When we take out the meat component we can focus more on the grains and vegetables and we put vitamins and nutrients in they might not be getting otherwise.”

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