January 13, 2010
Charm City government leaders are following the lead of the Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS) and fully embracing the Meatless Monday campaign. Members of the the Mayor’s office, city employees and BCPS officials visited Hampstead Hill Academy this Monday to serve students meat-free meals. According to city officials the event was organized to highlight the importance of “eating greener and healthier.” As part of an ambitious school lunch reform plan which includes the use of a 33-acre organic farm and the procurement of locally grown fruits and vegetables, BCPS incorporated its own Meatless Monday campaign at the beginning of the 2009-2010 school-year.
Last September, for its efforts the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future honored Baltimore City Schools with the 2009 CLF Award for Visionary Leadership in Local Food Procurement and Food Education.
Baltimore City officials say the Meatless Monday recognition kicked off a, “week of service projects in Baltimore leading up to a national Day of Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”
Since its inception in 2003, the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livabale Future has acted as a scientific advisor to the national Meatless Monday campaign.