Meatless Monday comes to San Diego Unified School District

One of the district's main focuses is to get students excited about healthy eating habits.

Sept. 12—Camila Guzman reached for her favorite meal Monday at the Sherman Academy cafeteria: a burger.

The 7-year-old studied the oddly speckled patty for a second, then added a generous squirt of ketchup and took a bite.

“This one looks different because it has vegetables inside,” Camila said. “It still tastes like McDonald’s.”

Cafeterias at elementary schools across the San Diego Unified district went vegetarian Monday, eliminating cheeseburgers, chicken nuggets and other popular meaty meals from their menus. They instead offered garden veggie burgers, cheese pizza, salad bars and sunflower-seed butter and jelly sandwiches. The meatless menu will be served every Monday.

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I run the Facebook account, and our director runs our Twitter, and between the two of us we take advantage of as many different photo sources as possible. One of the main reasons we got iPads for our managers was so they can take bigger and better pictures for our social media accounts. We also set up food art by our salad bar so the kids gravitate toward the fruits and vegetables, and take photos of it.

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