Helsinki schools could get weekly vegetarian food day
Educational institutions of the City of Helsinki could soon get a weekly day of vegetarian food, after the City Board voted in favour of such a move 13-1.
A weekly non-meat day has also been considered in Vantaa, but the initiative has moved forward slowly. Espoo’s City Council rejected a proposal on the matter at its Monday meeting.
Vegetarian meals have been a daily option at schools in Helsinki since the autumn of 2007, and it will remain an option in Espoo as well.
If the measure is implemented, the vegetarian food day will come alongside a weekly fish day, which Helsinki already has.
A group of kids spending time at the Kamppi Center shopping mall told Helsingin Sanomat on Monday that they liked the prospect of a vegetarian school lunch once a week.
“It’s good if we don’t always have to eat that rice and chicken mix”, said Emmi Kangaste, 13.
“Vegetarian food is better than meat, which is just fat”, added Rosa Turkia, 14.
The City Board debated the measure for a long time before it was passed.
“What it is about is that the mission of a school is to educate people on eating habits. It is important to show that good and high-quality vegetarian food is available”, said Elina Moisio (Green), who had put forward the proposal.
The initiative will later go before the City Council.