Vegan food has been added to the menu of seven Los Angeles Unified School District [LAUSD] schools.
One vegan meal choice will be featured on the high schools' menu, as part of a pilot program introduced by former Board President - and vegetarian - Steve Zimmer.
The program was instituted after a group of vegan students launched a campaign - the Earth Peace Healthy Freedom campaign - which urged the board to adopt a vegan menu for LAUSD schools.
The students' campaign was also supported by animal rights activist and vegan actor Pamela Anderson.
The pilot program, which was approved last May, is taking effect in one school in each of the seven school board districts.
The menu includes vegetarian chili with tortilla chips, a teriyaki veggie patty sandwich, a bean tamale, and a veggie burger.
The cost for the new plant-based dishes is the same as for other school meals. All lunches are free, or 40 cents for most LAUSD students; full-cost lunch is $3 to $3.50.
Diana is a London-based writer dedicated to bringing you the latest updates in ethical consumerism and plant-based nutrition. She is a recent media graduate with extensive journalistic experience, and writes in hopes of changing the narrative. You can follow Diana on Instagram and Twitter @dianalupica
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