Manhattan’s Peck Slip School has officially gone all veggie! Although the elementary school has been serving vegetarian fare for years now, it recently announced that it will be adopting a new completely meatless menu this week. Peck Slip follows the example of Flushing’s P.S. 244, which made national headlines two years ago when it became the first public school in the nation to offer all vegetarian lunches to its students.

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Peck Slip’s principal, Maggie Siena, cited the many health benefits of a plant-based diet as well as the environmental concerns as reasons for the school’s all veggie decision, “We decided to implement the vegetarian menu because of the health benefits of a diet including more legumes, vegetables and whole grains and our concerns about the environmental impact of meat production,” she said.

“As it turns out, the vegetarian dishes are pretty delicious, too — we are seeing more kids trying and liking chickpeas, brown rice and whole wheat pasta — kale salad was a huge hit.”

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Peck Slip’s PTA co-president Kerry McAleer explained that the parents  had a chance to try some of the school’s new vegetarian-based fare such as Kung Pao Tofu and Lentil Chili and were “proud  and excited” for the school’s new culinary decision.

The city’s first public school to implement a completely meatless menu was Flushing’s P.S. 244, which made international news when it chose to completely shun meat almost two years ago. The Coalition for Healthy School Food worked with both schools to implement the vegetarian meals into the schools’ lunch program and hopes that the vegetarian movement will spread to other schools in the future.

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