Chef Timothy Cipriano, Director of Food Services of Guilford Public Schools (GPS) in Guilford, Connecticut, touts an unusual and commendable specialty on his LinkedIn profile: “Working with kids to get them to appreciate good wholesome real food.” And that’s exactly why he was recruited by Guilford’s Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Paul Freeman, to ramp up the nutritional integrity of the GPS lunch program.
There are 52 weeks in a year, why not make at least one of them meat-free?
Now in its fifth year, US VegWeek (April 22-28) is a fun way to explore a wide variety of meat-free foods and discover the many benefits of vegetarian eating—for our health, the planet, and animals. While last year’s event was a huge success that changed many hearts and minds, this year’s celebration, kicking off on Earth Day, will be bigger and better than ever!
Join the thousands of people nationwide—including elected officials and community leaders—by pledging to choose vegetarian foods for at least seven days.
Well, the good news doesn’t stop there. Although VegWeek may be over, we continue to receive inspiring feedback from hundreds of VegPledgers about how VegWeek gave them the jumpstart needed to keep standing up for animals, the planet, and their health every time they sit down to eat!
Here are a few stories we want to share:
For over 40 years, Earth Day—celebrated on April 22—has been inspiring people everywhere to take steps to help the environment. Did you know that perhaps the single most important action each of us can take to protect the planet is simply to choose meat-free foods?
Animal agriculture is considered one of the leading causes of pollution and resource depletion today. According to the United Nations, raising chickens, turkeys, pigs, cows and other animals for food contributes nearly one-fifth (18%) of all global human-induced greenhouse gas emissions.
If you’ve thought about eating more vegetarian or vegan foods but aren’t sure where to start, then mark your calendar for Monday, April 23 — that’s when the fourth annual VegWeek celebration kicks off!