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Here’s Your Chance to Grade School Lunches

Written by PETA | April 21, 2010

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Scarlett Johansson and Tobey Maguire have already let their congressional representatives know that they support HR 4870, the Healthy School Meals Act, which would require schools to offer more vegetarian options in cafeterias. Now it’s your turn: Today, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is hosting a School-Lunch Lobbyist Call-In Day. Please call your representative and politely ask him or her to co-sponsor HR 4870. You might also want to mention that you can’t stomach cruelty to animals or greasy, cholesterol-laden mystery meats and pizza boats—and that you’re sick of hearing your classmates chant, “Fatty, fatty two-by-four, can’t fit through the classroom door.”

Anyone can call—students, parents, teachers, and everyone else who’s ever set foot inside a school cafeteria or shuddered to think what they’re being served in one. It only takes a minute and it’s much easier than a math quiz.

Written by Heather Moore

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  • Ralph says:

    Listen it doesn’t matter what diet you feed these kids unless they are exercising as well. They’re going to get fat. We need to also tell congress to mandate recess returns to these schools for healthier kids.

  • Jayson says:

    “Schools are in a bind to offer food that is a affordable b healthy and ” elaine the problem is that the agriculture lobby puts heavy pressure on the school systems to buy and serve this unhealthy junk. This is all about agriculture millionaires getting rich selling their garbage through the school system to feed kids. They get rich feeding garbage to kids that they wouldn’t feed to their animals and getting taxpayers to buy this garbage at inflated rates. When the parents stop letting themselves and their kids get used by the rich businessmen in agriculture things will change Vegetarian and vegan options are cheaper and can taste great! The agriculture lobby is clogging kids arteries and setting them up for years of health problems and a shorter life span.

  • Bill says:

    Macy Pack your lunch. Put a salad in a Tupperware container. I packed a Diet Iced Tea carrots and yogurt all the time during my high school days. Allison I agree. For financially struggling schools that are forced to often eliminate teaching positions a fancy lunch is not a realistic expenditure.

  • ashley says:

    Once my daughter is old enough to go to school she isn’t eating that crap. Period. Parents should get into the habit of making their kids lunches. Schools are struggling enough as it is we should be more worried about the quality of education. Pack them vegan pizza leftovers or vegan cookies and other snacks so they won’t be tempted to gorge on the school lunches. I know they do serve fruit so mainly teach them healthy eating habits and they’ll choose well.

  • Robb says:

    I went to the link found his number and called. People join in. It took me a whole minute!

  • Macy says:

    At my school they are supposed to serve vegetarian options daily but the only options they offer are PBJ and Cheese Pizza. I’m sick of eating both of them! I want salad or something. They offer salad but every salad they have has meat in it! It’s unfair.

  • Allison says:

    I completely agree that nutritionally sound vegetarian options need to be provided to America’s school children in order for kids to learn healthy eating habits and to thrive and prosper. However to support this act I really would like to know who is expected to pay the bill for these healthy foods. Schools have to pay for a number of things required by law that are not state or federally funded. Schools are having a hard time making ends meet as it is teaching positions are being cut left and right. What I’m saying is our hearts are in the right place but in order for the government to demand healthy options from schools they need to provide federal funding to help them to do that. Schools are not soulless places who want to feed kids disgusting fatladen food that’s just what is cheap and what they can afford. So promote healthy food choices but have a heart for schools too they are trying their best to make the money stretch to provide quality education for students.

  • warwak says:

    I called and it was very quick and easy Don’t ever complain about how brainwashed corpsemunchers are and how impossible a vegan world is if you aren’t willing to do your part to prevent the indoctrination taking place in the school lunch program where lifelong eating habits are cemented Call now

  • Michelle says:

    MHwhat schools have you been in? There are no decent veg options in my daughter’s school. Andmeat in general is nutrionally inferior to a plant based diet. Read upyou need educated.

  • Pilaf says:

    You talk as if those are the only choices MH. As if people either need to eat animal flesh or iceburg lettuce. It’s a new decade man. There are literally thousands of vegan and vegetarian meals representing cuisine of every ethnicity and geographic location. You can eat meat free pizza meat free Mexican food even meat free burgers all of which are loaded with protein and which no animals had to suffer and die to produce. That’s very important to a growing number of people.

  • John says:

    The livestock and dairy industry will gladly kill our children with their hormoneladen cholesterolladen drugsladen tained food and use OUR money to do it with. Anyone who cares about their kids’ lives and health needs to call their national Rep to support HR4870

  • AJ says:

    MH I don’t know of any schools that serve buffalo or grassfed beef… Our school lunch menu actually lists “Suprise Burger” as a choice 35 times a week along with odd pieces of meat that I guess are supposed to look like ribs. There’s a reason school lunches are only $1.35 and why they’re depicted as slop in movies and television. when schools have the ability to regulate what kids are eating at least once a day it’s a shame they don’t offer healthy choices.

  • Ducky says:

    MH? Do you really consider French Fries vegetarian??? How bout something substantial like fresh fruit or soy milk??

  • Therese says:

    The food they feed our kids at school I woulnt even feed my dog…When my daughter was in grade school I called the organization that supplies the school lunches. I mentioned that the meet looked like died cardboard and that there was not any fresh whole food in the school. She mentioned to me that it was in the guide lines of the FDA and was get this FORTIFIED with plenty of vitamins…Its about time that people put there foot down on what is fed to our kids in school…Its hard to inforce good eating when they do not learn it in school also.

  • elaine says:

    Our school district already offers TWO vegetarian options daily though I’ve noticed they are heavy on cheese. With all the reading I’ve been doing about dairy I wonder if that really benefits human OR animal health much… But as a parent of three I can tell you that trying to sell the plantsonly lunch option is a TOUGH sell!! Schools are in a bind to offer food that is a affordable b healthy and c appealing to kids. Can be done but quite the uphill battle….

  • MH says:

    Oh but schools already serve vegetarian options like french fries and iceberg lettuce and boiled green beans. All of which are nutritionally inferior to say buffalo meat or grassfed beef.

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