This year, Onteora students are seeing more vegetarian options on the cafeteria menu, according to School Lunch Manager Christine Downs. In addition to staging "Featured Meatless Mondays," the cafeteria is also showcasing vegetarian options during regular "Try It Tuesdays."
During a recent Superintendent's Conference Day, cafeteria staff received training on preparing plant-based foods from a food and nutrition specialist with the Humane Society of the United States.
The plant-based dishes are not only delicious and healthy; they are also more environmentally friendly than meat-based ones, Mrs. Downs explains. The cafeterias are also offering paper straws upon request, and compostable trays in addition to washable ones. They are also phasing out the use of plastic silverware.