In an effort to align food and climate policy, several city agencies participate in Meatless Mondays.
NYC Health + Hospitals, the largest public healthcare system in the country, offers a Meatless Monday “chef’s choice” option to inpatients at all 11 acute care hospitals. Hospital dietitians also counsel patients on the benefits of a plant-based diet as they’re making their meal choices for the day.
After a successful pilot initiative launched in 2018, all 1800 of the City's public schools serve vegetarian meals on Mondays. The Department of Homeless Services started the program in July 2019, and the Department of Correction also adopted the program in December 2019.
The City will also update the NYC Food Standards to phase out purchases of processed meat, which has been linked with increased risk of cancer and is often high in saturated fat and sodium which is linked to heart disease. Processed meat will be replaced by healthier proteins, including an increase in plant-based options.