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Baltimore Schools Honored for ‘Meatless Mondays’

Written by PETA | October 5, 2009

As you may know, we have a little obesity epidemic here in the U.S. There’s been some debate over how to handle the problem—parents are getting arrested, schools are issuing fat report cards, billboards are being erected, and even Spider-Man is getting involved.

Now, the Baltimore City Public School System has taken a page from Sir Paul McCartney’s playbook in its efforts to fight childhood obesity: “Meatless Mondays.” Instead of serving greasy, fat-laden hamburgers and “chicken fingers,” school cafeterias in Baltimore will be dishing up fresh, organically grown fruits and veggies and eliminating meat completely every Monday.


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For its dedication to providing healthy meals for students, PETA is awarding the school system our Proggy Award. Congratulations, Baltimore public schools!

Meatless Mondays not only provide healthier meals for students but also help protect the environment and save animals’ lives. PETA’s humane-education division, TeachKind, will be working to implement this program in schools across the country—but remember, you don’t have to be in school to incorporate Meatless Mondays into your own life.

Written by Liz Graffeo

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  • Karen says:

    Makes me proud to see this as a Baltimorearea resident. Perhaps the schools in Baltimore County where I live will follow suit soon!! Go Baltimore!!

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    I agree with Tam…for all the kids out there old enough to use the stove give your working parents a break and have a simple vegetarian dinner started before they come home. Slow cooker Crock Pot recepies are really easy and the aroma of a vegetarian stew or slow cooked vegetarian spaghetti sauce is wonderful to come home to after a long exhausting day.

  • Tempest Phebus says:

    Makes me proud to be a Baltimoran. Just wish my highschool did this when I went.

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  • Tam says:

    HI for you kids whose parents only eat meat give mom a break and cook this super easy dinner for her Boil water then put in some thin spaghetti. While that’s boiling put some olive oil in a fry pan on medium heat add some red chili flakes then some garlic. Cook about a half a minute then add some chopped parsley then mix everything together. Add a little olive oil if it’s too dry. Serve with some steamed veggies.

  • Michelle says:

    Wow this is amazing. One step at a time we’ll get there

  • Brien Comerford says:

    This in an ideal way to introduce young and minority students to the joys of crueltyfree and savory meatless cuisine.

  • Tracey says:

    This is so freakin awesome!!! I would love this to happen at schools all across the nation!

  • Nona says:

    This is great that our schools are serving fresh fruit and veggies but you need protein in your diet. Protein feeds your brain. Carbs and sugar do not. So to increase thinking and test scores you need meat or you will see them drop. KEEP IT BALANCED! FEED YOUR BRAIN AND YOUR MUSCLES. EAT MEAT AND YOUR FRUITS AND VEGGIES!

  • NaMaHa says:

    This is great. Who would have ever thought something like this would catch on with a public school?

  • Uh-lay-nuh says:

    I also wish my school did this. There really isn’t anything my parents would consider a “meal” that doesn’t have meat in it.

  • Chelsea says:

    I feel like this will benefit the students that ARE veganvegetarian but it will be null in void to those who bag lunch.

  • Kt says:

    It’s not an epidemic the majority of it is a choice.

  • Monica says:

    I wish my school did this… there isn’t ONE item on the menu that doesn’t have meat in it..

  • Chuck Piorkowski says:

    That is SO cool that more and more places are doin’ this kind of stuff..

  • kattiep says:

    that is so great!!! I wish that when i was in school they had this!!Not only are kids not eating meat but they are eating fruit and veg which lots of people dont get enough of.