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First NYC Public School to Serve Only Vegetarian Meals is in Flushing, Queens

by , 05/14/13
filed under: Food,Kids,Queens

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PHOTO: KENDALL RODRIGUEZ FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

If you attended public school in NYC, you probably remember the burgers having “warts” and boat-shaped pepperoni pizzas with enough grease on top to cause a small oil spill. While those memories will always hold a fond place in our hearts (and quite possibly our arteries), we’re excited that the new generation of students at PS 244Q will have some better food options during their formative years. The elementary school in Flushing, Queens recently became the first public school in New York – and one of the first schools the nation – to serve an all-vegetarian lunch menu. Curious to see what a typical day’s selection might include? Read on to find out.

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“I am proud of the students and staff for trailblazing this extraordinary path,” Chancellor Walcott said of PS 244′s new vegetarian menu. “Our school meals program has evolved under the Bloomberg Administration to offer dishes that meet our nutritional standards. I want to thank the Office of SchoolFood and the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food for working collaboratively to create vegetarian meals.”

So what can a student at the school expect to be served on a typical school day? The menu includes choices like roasted chickpeas, braised black beans with plantains, a tofu vegetable wrap with cucumber salad, vegetarian chili served with brown rice, falafel, and roasted tofu with Asian sesame sauce.

Also known as the Active Learning School, PS 244Q was already offering a vegetarian lunch four times a week but then decided to take the commitment all the way by extending meatless meals to all five days.

+ P.S. 244Q

Via NYC Schools

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3 Comments

  1. Ericka July 8, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Given the current state of a typical school offering – this has to be a great idea! It’s only one meal-a-day for these kids, but maybe it helps instill better choices for the big picture?

  2. victor_n_nyc May 17, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    This is a really great idea. I’m really proud of this school for taking the health of their kids seriously. I hope this catches on all over the country.

  3. llafazane May 14, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Fantastic. You see even the schools reformed by celebrities falling back on what is easy. Extremely processed chicken nuggets, fish sticks etc. Maybe this will force a change in the nasty things they\\\’re feeding the next generation.