Metz brings Meatless Monday to its accounts

Company joins national effort to promote health and sustainability.

Feb. 16—Dallas, Pa.-based Metz Culinary Management announced today that the company has joined the Meatless Monday initiative, a national effort supported by the John Hopkins School of Public Health.

Meatless Monday’s goal is to reduce meat consumption by 15% in order to promote sustainability and health. Metz is rolling out Meatless Mondays at all of its 135 accounts in C&U, B&I, healthcare and K-12. Twelve accounts are already participating in the program.

“Eliminating meat from your diet once a week has health and environmental benefits,” Kathy Gonzalez, vice president of nutrition education and sustainability at Metz, said in a press release. “Meatless Mondays can improve health by reducing the risk of preventable conditions like cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Opting for healthier meat-free alternative can reduce your carbon footprint by minimizing water usage and reducing fossil fuel dependence.”

Meatless Monday is already a success at Montgomery School in Chester Springs, Pa. The school served spaghetti with marinara and garlic bread, Tuscan-blend vegetables and strawberries for its first Meatless Monday meal in February.

“The students all loved it and were wondering when we are going to run Meatless Monday again,” Steve Schappert, general manager for Metz at the school, said in the release. “I told them ‘every Monday this month’ and if it continues to be a hit we will serve Meatless Monday for the remainder of the school year. This concept shows how a company like Metz Culinary Management can change the way people eat and open the door for new and inventive ideas.”

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