Cafeteria Chef McGann also presented at an assembly about where our food comes from and healthy and delicious vegetarian choices.
Each Monday, the cafeteria sends out the menu for the next day. They highlight that Mondays are meatless and where possible, local. They have educational newsletters available for teachers, students and families on "Eating vegetarian" and "Eating local".
At Stephen Lewis Secondary School, Peel DSB, the EcoTeam held a school and community wide Veggie BBQ to raise awareness of resource sustainability issues (i.e., vegetarian footprint vs. omnivore footprint).
They also planned an EcoCafe: Cafe de la Terre, to introduce staff and students to a variety of organic and local food products. The proceeds from the café went towards sponsoring the "adoption" of a Lynx from the Metro Toronto Zoo.
St. Jerome's School, Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic DSB, held meatless lunches on Fridays as a campaign connected to their energy and waste minimization efforts. The campaign also encouraged students to use reusable containers and dim the lights during the lunch hour. The impact of the lunches without meat or dairy was communicated by announcements.
And at Rick Hansen Secondary School, in Peel DSB, the EcoTeam held a "Veggie Pledge" where students signed up to not eat any meat during the school day for one week. Over 300 students took part in the event. The EcoTeam made daily announcements about the environmental benefits associated with not eating meat as well as on-stage events, electronic brochures (to save paper), and gave students the opportunity to sample vegetarian foods. The cafeteria made several vegetarian options throughout the week.
Meatless Mondays is an international movement supported by many organizations across the globe. A factsheet by Meatless Mondays Canada on how to incorporate Meatless Mondays in your school can be found here.