Elementary school goes vegetarian at lunch

April 30, 2013 3:03:15 PM PDT
It was a first in the country and it happened right in New York City.

There is the first vegetarian cafeteria at a public elementary school.

It happened at P.S. 224, the Active Learning Elementary School in Flushing, Queens.

The all vegetarian lunch menu made history.

"It makes me nutritious and want to tell my family which makes me more nutritious," said Moniza Mujtaba, a P.S. 224 student.

The rollout of the new menu at P.S. 224 establishes the school's own identity for healthier school lunches.

"We were watching what the students were eating, it was a natural match for us," said Bob Groff, P.S. 224 principal.

They called Tuesday's menu "Fiesta time". It included black bean and cheddar quesadillas with salsa, red roasted potatoes, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, cheese sandwiches, fruit, and assorted milk.

"This menu here, in this school, is in the vanguard, that we want to offer kids," Jorge Collazo, DOE Executive Chef.

After all the introductions of the menu, it was time to chow down.

As for the idea that other city schools could go vegetarian?

"It's something that's school generated. It all involves healthy eating," Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said.