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The Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) is launching “Plant-Based Wednesdays” on Aug. 17, 2022 as a way to be more environmentally friendly while also serving students who follow a primarily plant-based diet.
SAUSD serves more than 10 million school meals every year. Operating one of the largest school nutrition programs in the country, the District recognizes a direct connection between the food it serves and the environment.
As a result, SAUSD is launching “Plant-Based Wednesdays” in which all Wednesday school menus will be 100% plant-based (with the exception of cow’s milk, which must be provided as part of a federally reimbursable meal).
The initiative incorporates a wider array of more climate-friendly foods at breakfast, lunch, snack, and supper.
Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and plant-based proteins will be highlighted as important sources of nutrients, vitamins, and other benefits.
“Plant-Based Wednesdays” represents SAUSD’s goal of reducing its environmental impact and increasing menu inclusivity as these menus can be enjoyed by a growing number of students who follow a primarily plant-based diet.
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