In Baltimore School Cafeterias, Mondays are Meatless

October 20, 2009 1 min read

Want to know how the Baltimore public schools recently earned the label “most progressive public school district”?

It went veggie! That’s right, the 83,000-student district has a new “Meatless Mondays” policy this school year that has drawn praise from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the animal-rights group.

School cafeterias in Baltimore are offering vegetarian lunches every Monday, which may make the city the first large school district in the nation to adopt such a policy. Meatless Mondays is a public-health initiative created by folks at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Not everyone is praising the district, though. Last night, CNN curmudgeon Lou Dobbs made fun of the district, calling the vegetarian menus the “latest example of political correctness in the schools,” and suggested that PETA was somehow behind the new policy.

Student health, not saving animals, is the main motivation behind the overhaul of Baltimore’s cafeterias, an effort driven by the district’s energetic food director, Tony Geraci. He has also created a 33-acre organic garden and has plans to expand the use of locally grown produce and products in school meals.

Here’s a brand new commentary on that makes the case for more vegetables and locally-grown products in the school cafeteria.

With the release today of the Institute of Medicine’s report calling for sweeping changes to school meals to make them more healthful, Baltimore could be ahead of the curve.

A version of this news article first appeared in the District Dossier blog.


This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Future of Work Webinar
Digital Literacy Strategies to Promote Equity
Our new world has only increased our students’ dependence on technology. This makes digital literacy no longer a “nice to have” but a “need to have.” How do we ensure that every student can navigate
Content provided by
Mathematics Online Summit Teaching Math in a Pandemic
Attend this online summit to ask questions about how COVID-19 has affected achievement, instruction, assessment, and engagement in math.
School & District Management Webinar Examining the Evidence: Catching Kids Up at a Distance
As districts, schools, and families navigate a new normal following the abrupt end of in-person schooling this spring, students’ learning opportunities vary enormously across the nation. Access to devices and broadband internet and a secure

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Speech Therapists
Lancaster, PA, US
Lancaster Lebanon IU 13
Elementary Teacher
Madison, Wisconsin
One City Schools

Read Next

Education Obituary In Memory of Michele Molnar, EdWeek Market Brief Writer and Editor
EdWeek Market Brief Associate Editor Michele Molnar, who was instrumental in launching the publication, succumbed to cancer.
5 min read
Education Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: December 9, 2020
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A collection of articles from the previous week that you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A collection of stories from the previous week that you may have missed.
8 min read