Why NYC Public School’s New Vegan Fridays Aren’t Actually Vegan

Adams claims that the healthful initiative has been welcomed with open arms by students, adding that “they are tired of the food they are being [fed] in their schools, and they want healthy options.” The mayor also notes that each of the vegan items served during Friday lunches have been taste tested by a small group of students in advance (via ABC 7).

However, according to New York Daily News, the Vegan Fridays initiative — which was set to debut with a citywide menu of seasoned broccoli and veggie tacos — got off to a somewhat bumpy start, as some schools failed to have the proper ingredients required to craft the vegan menu by launch time. Other schools apparently served the plant-based dishes, but topped them with dairy products and other non-vegan ingredients.

New York state senator Jessica Ramos tweeted a photo of a vegan lunch offered to one student (consisting of a small pile of roast veggies, apple slices, and baked tortilla chips), writing: “@NYCMayor I am as much a believer in the power of healthy food as you, but this ain’t it. This was served to a public school student … for Vegan Fridays. The only real meal some of our city’s kids can count on is what they get [at] school. This wasn’t thought through.”

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