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Plant-Based Lunches in Illinois Schools

The law goes into effect  August 1, 2023. It states that starting this school year, Illinois children (or their parents, or caregivers) can request plant based lunches at schools in Illinois, and by law, it must be provided to the student. We encourage you to take advantage of this option. Please contact your school food service director to find out if the meals will be 100% plant-based, how to request plant-based lunches for your children during the school year, how far in advance the request for plant-based lunches must be made, what the school will provide as the meat alternatives, what will the school offer instead of cow’s milk to assure adequate calcium per meal.

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