Meatless Monday

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The Initiative

Did you know your school has been part of the Meatless Monday program since September?  This means that every Monday, all of New York City’s public school children are served a vegetarian lunch such as Mexicali bean and vegetable tacos or veggie chili.

Studies show consuming less meat and more plant-based foods can improve our health and reduce our risk for chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and obesity.  Meatless Monday is one step toward preventing these diseases.  Organizations such as the American Heart Association support Meatless Monday as a way to promote a well-balanced diet.

A Personal Approach

This initiative is personal for me.  In April 2016,  I was diagnosed with advanced Type 2 diabetes.  Within three months of adopting a whole-food, plant-based diet, I lost 35 pounds and reversed my diabetes.  My success convinced my mother to use diet to manage her diabetes too.  It’s been a wonderful new chapter.

As a Brooklyn Borough President and a fellow parent, I am committed to our children and families’ health.  That’s why I invite you to join me in supporting Meatless Monday.  Whether it’s taking a Meatless Monday pledge, continuing Meatless Monday beyond school hours with a vegetarian dinner or learning about nutrition and our food environment, I applaud your healthy eating efforts!

More Information & Getting Involved

If you would like to make healthful changes to your school — including starting a wellness council, adding nutrition education, scratch cooking, gardens & more — please contact the NYC Healthy School Food Alliance at  nychsfa@gmail.com.  For more information on nutrition education, organizations that could provide community nutrition education workshops are listed in the Tisch Food Center’s Nutrition Education Programs NEP Database.

 Share Your Story

I would love to hear from you!  If you would like to share your story, or become more involved, please reach out to my deputy strategist, Rachel Atcheson, at (718) 802-3762 or ratcheson@brooklynbp.nyc.gov.  I look forward to working together to ensure the best possible future for all of Brooklyn’s families.

Sincerely,

Eric L. Adams
Brooklyn Borough President

Annual Fall Food Festival

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General Information

On Wednesday, November 27th, the SISTA, SMART and Medical Houses will host their annual Fall Food Festivals. At this event, all students and teachers from each House will be able to enjoy home-cooked meals representing the various cultures and tastes of our House members. Parents/guardians are encouraged to prepare a favorite dish large enough to feed a hungry group of students and teachers. Parents/guardians are invited to join us and enjoy the festivities as well. An “eating-time schedule” will be created shortly.

Below are the recommended essentials that are needed to make this event a success. Please select one or two items from the grade list below. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Jordan at 718.788.4482, ext. 148.

Breakdown by Grade

6th grade students THE MEATS! chicken (fried, on the bone, off the bone, shredded, jerk, spicy, all kinds!), beef/steak, turkey, cooked ham, roast pork, spaghetti, lasagna, baked ziti, ravioli, meatballs, seafood, meatloaf, or any other family/cultural specialty, OR a $10 cash donation to Ms. Jordan (used to order food).

7th grade students THE SIDES! food sides… such as macaroni and cheese, potato salad, rice, rice and MORE RICE, pasta, corn, peas, stuffing, beef patties, buffalo wings, mashed potatoes and gravy, empanadas, platanos, dumplings, salad, Italian bread, or any other family/cultural specialty OR a $10 cash donation to Ms. Jordan (used to order food).

8th grade students – THE NECESSITIES! paper plates, sodas, bottled waters, drinks, juice, plastic cups, plastic forks, plastic knives, plastic spoons, aluminum foil, desserts (that can be easily divided), more desserts, cookies, chips, cakes, more cakes, napkins, or any other family/cultural dessert specialty OR a $10 cash donation to Ms. Jordan (used to order food).

Thank you and we hope to see you on November 27th!