In a pivotal moment for the vegan movement, Los Angeles Unified School District has unanimously voted to pilot a program to offer more vegan lunch options to students. The LAUSD Board of Education approved this resolution during a school board meeting on Tuesday.
The pilot will begin in August and be provided at no extra cost to the students. Steve Zimmer, school board president and resolution sponsor, told local news station KPCC, “We have had a demand and when we get a demand like this from our community, we institute a pilot to find out, is this something that we really could implement district wide.”
This program will provide students access to foods that will guide them to form healthy habits. Not only will it teach them how to eat a nutritious diet, it will also help improve students’ health.
More than 30 percent of American children and adolescents are overweight and 40 percent of children 6 to 11 have elevated cholesterol levels, according to the Board of Education’s Stamped Order of Business.
As the second largest school district in the U.S., the LAUSD has already influenced the rest of the county to ban antibiotics and hormones in poultry, according to Zimmer. School districts across the U.S. who see large school districts like the LAUSD as a guide may soon take similar steps to provide plant-based, healthful options for students.