New York school serves only veggies


You won’t find meat on the menu at Public School 244 in New York City. (Istockphoto)
May 1, 2013

A New York City public school is one of the first in the nation to adopt an all-vegetarian menu, school officials said this week.

Public School 244, in the Flushing section of Queens, has been serving tofu wraps and vegetarian chili since going all-veggie earlier this year, schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said during a lunchtime visit.

“I am proud of the students and staff for trailblazing this extraordinary path,” Walcott said.

P.S. 244 opened in 2008 and houses just over 400 students in pre-kindergarten through third grade. The school started serving a vegetarian lunch three times a week and then gradually moved to a meatless menu.

It is the city’s first all-vegetarian public school.

“We discovered early on that our kids were gravitating toward our vegetarian offerings, and we kept expanding the program to meet the demand,” principal Robert Groff said.

Tuesday’s menu included black bean and cheddar quesadillas with salsa and roasted potatoes.

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