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Baltimore's Public Schools Go Meatless For Mondays

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Volunteers at Lake Clifton High School work to build a "hoop house," where farmers will grow vegetables for Baltimore City schools.
Cathy Duchamp
Volunteers at Lake Clifton High School work to build a "hoop house," where farmers will grow vegetables for Baltimore City schools.

It's a 'Meatless Monday' for students at Baltimore City public schools. Its part of a broader effort to help students make healthier food choices.

Baked potato with broccoli and cheese. Seasoned greens. Two 'Meatless Monday' options on the all-vegetarian lunch menu today in Baltimore city schools.

"The big vision is what we have healthy kids. That's the end product that I want to create here," said Tony Geraci, Food and Nutrition Director for the district. He wants to wean kids off chicken nuggets and soda and nudge them towards fresh fruits and vegetables.

Meatless Mondays are just the beginning. Geraci shows a new project going up on the playing fields of Lake Clifton high school in Northeast Baltimore. "This the first of 200 portable green houses that we're building here in Baltimore.to actually grow food to supply the school food system."

This is a profit-making venture. Farmers will sell the veggies grown in the hoop houses back to Baltimore schools. Geraci claims it's cheaper and healthier than the produce he can get through federal school lunch programs.

Cathy Duchamp reports...

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