Next fall, elementary school cafeterias in the San Diego, Calif., Unified School District will be offering meatless menus on Mondays.
Earlier this week the district’s Board of Education voted 4 to 1 to implement the meat-free initiative, citing that nearly 28 percent of children in the country are overweight or obese, according to CBS 8 News.
"Our job is to improve our students' prospects for a healthy, happy and successful life," School board Trustee Kevin Beiser said. "Learning how to make good food choices is an essential component."
The vote affects all of the district’s elementary and K-8 schools. Read more from CBS 8 News here. The district is the second largest in California serving more than 132,000 students through grade 12.
However, not everyone supports the decision. NBC San Diego reports that Trustee Scott Barnett points that poorer students depend on well-rounded nutrition at school.
“I cannot support this resolution. We need to do more analysis, more study. How are our kids going to be impacted by this?” he asked.
Instead of meat, Monday menus will feature plant-based foods, including vegetable lasagna, baked potatoes, grilled vegetable paninis or tofu and vegetable stir fry. Click here for more.