Provide Vegan Options for School Lunches


Target: Erik J. Foss, President of Aramark

Goal: Urge leading school lunch provider to give children vegan options

Studies indicate that most children do not eat enough fruit and vegetables. Some children have ethical concerns about eating animal products and would prefer to have vegan options available for lunch. The inclusion of more vegan options in school lunches would lead to a healthier diet for school age children and provide an ethically acceptable option for vegan and vegetarian students. Aramark Corporation is a leading provider of school lunches in the United States. Please take action to encourage Aramark President Erik J. Foss to begin including more vegan options in the lunches it provides for school children.

The addition of more vegan options in school lunches would be beneficial for a variety of reasons. It would lead to a more healthful diet for children that do not have fresh fruits and vegetables at home. This could potentially reduce incidents of childhood obesity and diabetes. This would in turn reduce the strain on public healthcare costs. Furthermore, vegan foods have a much lower carbon footprint than animal-based foods. An increase in consumption of vegan foods by school children could help lower our nations greenhouse gas emissions and help in the fight against global warming. Finally, vegan options would satisfy the ethical concerns of some students that find the consumption of animal products to be morally unacceptable.

Most children in this country do not eat a sufficient amount of fruit and vegetables. The ramifications of a diet based largely on animal products is apparent in the widespread obesity amongst school aged children. Offering children more vegan options would help to alleviate this public health problem while also satisfying the ethical concerns of vegan and vegetarian children. Please sign this petition to tell Aramark Corporation to begin offering more vegan options in school lunches.


Dear Mr. Foss,

As you are probably aware, most children in the United States do not have an adequate amount of fruit and vegetables in their diet. The overemphasis on animal-based foods contributes to our country’s high incidents of childhood obesity, diabetes, and other health concerns. Additionally, many students find the consumption of animal based foods to be unethical and would prefer more plant-based options at lunchtime. Your company could help to address both of these issues by including more vegan options in the school lunches you provide to our country’s children.

Aramark has already taken great initiative by pledging to reduce the amount of fat, salt, and sugar in school lunches over the next five years. I strongly encourage your company to also consider offering children more vegan options at lunchtime.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Tracey Christian says:

    Eating more fruit and vegetable is an absolute no brainer! Children are much more likely to eat healthy into adulthood if they start young. School is such an important place to get it, especially if these children do not eat enough fruit and vegetables at home. If they are are hungry they will eat it, and get used to eating it. Vegan food is nutritious and delicious.

  2. Tamara Heikalo says:

    I cannot sign this petition while it pushes a vegan diet, because this is NOT safe for growing bodies – I don’t care who you are, or what your beliefs are about food and nutrition, you do not have the evidence behind you. However, pushing for more vegetables and fruits I can absolutely support.

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