Elementary school exchanges turkey for tofu, first school to go vegetarian

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NEW YORK — They are the first elementary school in the country to exchange turkey for tofu — and the students love it.

Public School 244 — the Active Learning Elementary School — now has an all vegetarian lunchroom.

“It’s been a really great response from the kids, but they also understand it’s about what is the healthiest option for them,” principal Bob Groff told ABCNews.com. “Because we teach them throughout our curriculum to make healthy choices, they understand what is happening and believe in what we’re doing too.”

The school opened in 2008 and opted from the beginning for vegetarian meals three days a week. The students liked the meals so much, the school expanded their vegetarian menu to four days a week. In January of 2013, they nixed all meat from their kitchen. The meals are packed with nutrients and protein — important for healthy minds and growing bodies.

Groff said while their kitchen is strictly vegetarian students are allowed to eat meat if they bring their own lunch.

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