Support First Vegetarian Public School

Target: Principal Robert Groff, Public School 244 in Flushing, Queens NY

Goal: Thank Public School 244 for making healthy choices on behalf of their students

Active Learning Elementary School in Queens, NY, recently started serving only vegetarian foods to students as part of a city-wide effort promoting healthy eating. Public School (PS) 244 is the first in the nation to serve only vegetarian meals for breakfast and lunch. Students are enjoying the new foods and meat replacements like black beans, tofu, and falafel.

Partnering with the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food, PS 244 created a new vegetarian menu for students. Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott is passionate about living healthy, and encourages all other schools in the country to adopt a vegetarian menu as well. According to the New York Daily News, Walcott had this to say about the switch: “I don’t eat fried foods. I don’t drink soda. I try not to have sweets too often. And that’s what we want for our students … to make sure they eat healthy both at home and school.”

PS 244 staff also supports the change. As Principal Robert Groff said, “We believe that, if we taught kids to make healthy choices, it would help them to grow as students and well-rounded children.” New York Public Schools have undergone numerous cafeteria changes since Mayor Bloomberg has been in office. Opting for more healthy choices, they have all installed salad bars and replaced white breads and pastas with wheat. Students reportedly like the new foods being served in the lunchroom.

Support PS 244 in encouraging children to adopt healthier eating habits. Encourage all other schools to do the same, serving healthier foods and educating students about the consequences of eating unhealthy foods, as well as the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.


Dear Robert Groff,

Thank you so much for implementing a healthy vegetarian menu for your students at P.S. 244 in Queens. Not only is the new menu humane and environmentally friendly, but it is the healthiest choice for your students.

With the increasingly high rates of childhood obesity and diabetes, educating individuals from a very young age about the importance of a healthy lifestyle is imperative. Thank you for putting such a healthy policy in place, and please encourage other New York public schools to follow suit.


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  1. J Davidson says:

    Great for the animals too!!

  2. Aaron Johnson says:

    That’s great to transition to a vegan meal. I’ve lived in New York before.

  3. whoopie! EDIBLE FOOD!

    I survived my public school days, by mostly eating bread, as they “contaminated” most of the main dishes by putting “dead animals” in them, in the mac & cheese, in the baked beans, on the pizza, gee there was virtually nothing to eat that wasn’t animal derived.

    I was so happy when I got plain corn. Although today, it would be GMO corn, which I won’t eat.

    They’d be onto something, if the school grounds had an ORGANIC garden.

    Be careful with this vegetarian food though, beware of GMOs, chemical processing (both in some soy), if it’s not organic, it’s probably GMO, especially Monsanto’s “round up ready” corn, which means they spray the round up herbicide directly on the corn plants, which have been engineered to not be affected by it.

    There’s enough vacant land in towns, that could be used to grow LOCAL, ORGANIC food, and plenty of “work release” convicts that could be transforming those lots into viable gardens, along with community service servers, and even the homeless, and unemployed. But no, the town government never thinks of that, it’d be too beneficial.

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