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VHS Helps More Schools Join the Meatless Monday Movement

Thumbs up for Meatless Monday!
Thumbs up for Meatless Monday!

More and more people are looking for ways to eat humanely, healthfully and sustainably. Reducing or eliminating our meat consumption are both effective ways of doing just that! Our society’s overconsumption of meat condemns farm animals to a life of suffering in unnatural and inhumane conditions; increases our risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, obesity and other preventable conditions; and is a significant contributor to climate change and environmental degradation.

The good news in all of this is that every meatless meal helps to tackle these crucial issues, which is why we’re excited to launch our new Meatless Monday toolkit. This guide is intended to help students in BC schools join the ever growing Meatless Monday movement, with resources and tips for starting your own school campaign.

VHS’s Meatless Monday project has already helped several secondary and post-secondary schools kick start their own cafeteria initiatives, the most recent being Eric Hamber Secondary. After learning about the impact of meat consumption on the environment, animals and our health, Eric Hamber’s Environmental Club worked with VHS, school administrators and the school’s food services provider, Canuel Caterers, to introduce and promote delicious meatless meals every Monday.

The Environmental Club reports that cafeteria sales have increased, as students enjoy the exciting new menu items, including a salad bar, chickpea curry rice bowl, hummus wrap, mushroom burger and pasta primavera.

If you’re a student, download our Meatless Monday toolkit to get started on your campaign today. Remember that every time you sit down to eat, you have the opportunity to help create a more humane, healthy and sustainable society!