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15 NYC Schools to Participate in ‘Meatless Mondays' Healthy Food Program

"Meatless Mondays" are coming to schools in Brooklyn.

Mayor de Blasio, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams made the announcement at PS1 in Sunset Park today to provide 15 schools with all-vegetarian breakfast and lunch menus every Monday, according to the official website of the City of New York.

And they won’t be alone – and Mayor de Blasio and New York City first lady Chirlane McCray will be joining them in solidarity.

"Cutting back a little on meat will help make our City healthier and our planet stronger for generations to come,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

In addition to promoting healthy eating habits, Meatless Mondays is part of the City’s effort to provide every student with a free lunch. The Department of Education said the new pilot program will also help schools and their communities to be more conscious of health and the environment.

"Teaching students about nutrition and exposing them to healthy food options from an early age is critical," Fariña said. "Meatless Mondays is one more way in which we are using school meals as a teachable moment to educate students on the importance of making healthy choices.

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