California’s Santa Barbara Unified School District (or “SBUSD,” as it’s known by the cool kids) just decided to drop processed meats like hot dogs, bacon, and deli slices from its schools’ lunch menus.
SBUSD knows that the World Health Organization (WHO) found that bacon, hot dogs, and other processed animal “products” cause cancer. WHO classified processed meat as a Group 1 carcinogen, right alongside tobacco. Students deserve better nourishment.
The district’s food service director, Nancy Weiss, says, “SBUSD is committed to serving our students nutritious foods that will help them learn and grow …. It’s the right thing to do to ensure that our students are getting the highest-quality food. There’s no room for carcinogens on the lunch line.”
Preach, Nancy! Carcinogens ? don’t ? belong ? in ? school ? lunches!
As if the move to ban processed meat weren’t already great, cafeterias in the district also serve a vegan option at each meal! #LunchroomGoals. Schools there offer items like vegan burritos, curry bowls, and veggie pozole. Shout-out to SBUSD for being the real MVP.
It’s almost 2020, millions of people identify as vegan, and compassion is cool—so all schools should offer vegan food. Don’t attend classes in SBUSD? You don’t have to have FOMO over its fabulous animal-free options. Step up for your school and for animals by joining peta2’s Veggie Burger Project. We’ll work with you every step of the way to help you get delicious vegan foods on your cafeteria menu, too.