Leeds City Council is introducing vegan school dinners at 180 primary schools as part of a £200 million commitment to halve its carbon footprint by 2025.
Primary school students in Leeds will soon be able tucking into vegan school dinners at lunchtime as the city takes steps to become more environmentally friendly with plans to halve the city’s carbon footprint by 2025.
Over 180 schools in the city will ditch meat-based meals for two days during the week – offering a vegan option instead on one day, and a vegetarian option on the other. Pupils who wish to have more plant-based meals during the week will be given the option to do so.
According to local news outlet Leeds Live, the proposed new menu includes “one non-meat day and one vegetarian day each week, with the option of more vegan dishes for those who want them.”
The council report states: “Leeds pupils are taste-testing new environmentally-friendly school dinner menus in a project led by Catering Leeds.
“The aim is to reduce the city’s carbon footprint, and ensure that pupils enjoy even healthier meals with extra vegetable content.”
As well as offering more plant-based meals, the council will also be introducing initiatives to teach pupils the benefits of recycling and how to cut down food waste to show them how they can make changes in their own homes to help the environment.