May 2—An elementary school in Queens has become the first school in New York City, and possibly the nation, to switch students' meal options to all-vegetarian fare.
PS 244, the Active Learning Elementary School in Flushing began increasing vegetarian options for its students early this year and since then has slowly transitioned to all-meatless cafeteria meals.
The school partnered with the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food, a non-profit organization, to make the shift happen. The Coalition says it is "dedicated to introducing plant-based foods and nutrition education in schools. Also involved in this initiative is the Office of SchoolFood. PS 244 arguably marks these organizations greatest successes to date.