In January 2020, Leeds City Council announced its plans to half its carbon footprint by 2025. As part of this commitment, they rolled out new environmentally friendly school dinners across 182 schools. The menus include one non-meat day a week and one vegetarian day a week, with a greater variety of vegan and vegetarian dishes available every day. After successful trials, the new menus were given the thumbs up!
This followed research that showed 84 out of 88 young children would not object to having one meat-free day per week to reduce their carbon footprint.
Leeds City Council says that introducing more plant-based meals will help to bring about change in traditional behaviours around food consumption: "The aim is to reduce the city’s carbon footprint, and ensure that pupils enjoy even healthier meals with extra vegetable content."