Starting Monday, children in the Pleasanton school district will be changing out meaty lunches for lunches that include Mediterranean offerings with hummus and grapes as Meatless Mondays go into effect.
Meatless Mondays began in 2003 at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, to promote cutting out meat one day a week for our health and the health of the planet.
Now an international movement, Meatless Mondays will help educate students about the health benefits of eating more meat-free meals, said Frank Castro, the district's director of child nutrition services.
"We have a community that is growing more and more diverse and the students are looking for more meatless entrees," he said. "It really has great health benefits."