Last May, The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) approved a pilot program to introduce vegan meals to schools at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year. The district, who was already participating in a ‘Meatless Monday’ program and also recently switched to healthier antibiotic/hormone free meats, took another step forward in offering healthier meals thanks to the help of student activists from Earth Peace Foundation and a little star power from former Baywatch actress Pamela Anderson.
After much research (and taste testing) the program launched in seven Los Angeles High Schools on September 5th, featuring a week-long menu of Vegan Chili, a Teriyaki Veggie Patty Sandwich, a Bean Tamale, and a ‘Range-Free’ Veggie Burger and Italian Sausage Sub made by Missouri based Hungry Planet.
Of course rolling out any new program in the 2nd largest school district in the country comes with its own unique set of challenges and hurdles; but in my recent conversation with LAUSD’s Food Services Director Mr. Joseph Vaughn I learned that both students and administration are excited about the healthier options and the program has already gotten off to a good start.
Here’s an interview I gave to Mr. Vaughn during the 2nd week of the program roll out. Feel free to leave additional questions and comments below:…