Meatless Monday City and Community Foodservice Program Guide

Mayors and city officials are increasingly taking a leadership role in finding innovative solutions to improve public health and meet our nation’s responsibility to global climate goals.

As part of this vital, ongoing effort, many communities have adopted resolutions to encourage their citizens to support Meatless Monday – a simple change that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lessen the risk of chronic preventable diseases.

Recently, a coalition of leading health and environmental organizations endorsed Meatless Monday as one of the easiest actions that mayors and city officials can take to improve their community’s health and achieve their climate goals.

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Here are five simple ways to begin implementing Meatless Monday in your community. Be sure to publicize these actions with your local media to maximize your coverage.

  • Adopt Meatless Monday in your government office as well as in your home.
  • Sign an Official Meatless Monday proclamation, calling on everyone to adopt this practice.
  • Actively encourage schools, companies and hospitals to add a Meatless Monday menu to their cafeterias. Our foodservice guides provide useful, step-by-step instructions.
  • Recruit chefs and restaurants to offer weekly Meatless Monday specials. According to Baum + Whiteman, a leading restaurant consultancy group, “plant-based” continues to be a hot food trend.
  • Actively promote Meatless Monday on social media. Highlight your support of Meatless Monday along with the health and environmental benefits of reducing meat consumption. Feature delicious, easy-to-make Meatless Monday recipes each week and ask your followers to share and submit their own.

To learn more, please get in touch with us at [email protected].

If we do it one plate at time, one meal, one day, we are ratcheting down the impact on our environment. We start with one day a week and then, who knows, maybe we can change our habits for a lifetime.

Ed Reyes, Los Angeles City Councilman