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Green Meal Initiative

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Green Meal is a national initiative created by Food Day, The Humane Society of the United States, Health Care Without Harm, and Meatless Monday to raise awareness about the critical importance of eating less meat and enjoying more whole plant-based foods as a way to become healthier and to help animals and the environment.

During Food Day in October, millions of meals will be served to celebrate a green and healthy plant-strong diet that’s packed with fruits, veggies, and whole grains, and small amounts of lean, sustainably raised protein, all produced with care for the environment, farm animals, and the people who grow, harvest, and serve it. That means cutting back on sugary drinks, overly salted packaged foods, and factory-farmed meats in favor of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.

All over America, activities happen on Food Day, and school districts, hospitals, workplaces, corporate food service providers, and families are committing to a Meatless Monday, serving meat without unnecessary antibiotics, or making vegetables the center of the plate and meat a side.

We invite you and your organization to join the Food Day Green Meal initiative! Up to the challenge? Mark your calendar now for Food Day on October 24, and join millions of Americans across the country in celebration of real food. Fill out this form to sign up and participate in the Green Meal initiative and join the conversation online at #GreenMeal.

Ready to show what it means to eat green? Put your event on the Food Day map!


Other ways to stay involved and eat green on Food Day and every day:

1. Ask the nation’s largest restaurant chain to serve green, fair, and healthy food.

Food Day colleagues at Friends of the Earth, the Center for Biological Diversity, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, Food Democracy Now, Green America and the Food Chain Workers Alliance have initiated a campaign urging Darden Restaurants to serve good food that is healthy, sustainable, safe and fair.

By signing this petition, you can show our nation is ready to redefine Good Food to mean food that is good for health, animals, workers, and the environment.

The petition targets Darden Restaurants, which owns and operates more than 1,500 restaurants​ including Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille and others. Darden employs more than 150,000 people and serves more than 320 million meals a year, and is the #1 casual-dining operator (in terms of revenue).

As a leading food provider, Darden has a unique opportunity and responsibility to use its considerable purchasing power to support a healthier, fairer and more sustainable food system—in short, a greener diet!

Please sign the petition urging Darden to adopt greener menus that support the well​-​being of its customers, its workers, farmers, animals and our environment. Specifically,​ we urge Darden to ensure at least 20% of its food purchases adhere to the Good Food Purchasing Principles* by 2020. These include ​supporting:

Local Economies

Environmental Sustainability

Animal Welfare

Good Nutrition

A Valued Workforce

 

2. Commit to Meatless Mondays and take a pledge this Food Day.

 

3. Get junk food out of vending and cafeteria.

 

4. Hospitals can commit to serving meat and poultry raised without routine, non-therapeutics antibiotics on Food Day by registering through Health Care Without Harm


Resources

Food Day and our partners have compiled a host of useful resources. Check back often, as we're frequently adding new materials.

Toward a Greener Diet Toolkit Download this new toolkit from The Humane Society of the United States to help you celebrate Food Day with a Green Meal.

Environmental Infographics Download five facts to learn how Meatless Monday helps save the environment.

Meatless Monday Goes to School Brand new kit with 30 recipes to help K-12 cafeterias serve up delicious, meatless meals.

Meatless Monday Cookbooks Check out seven e-books to get you started!

What is Meatless Monday? Watch this video full of facts and figures to learn more.

Plant-Based Diet Advocates and Benefits

Webinar: Food Day Every Day: The Business Case for Greening Your Meals Watch this webinar from September 2015 to learn about the operational and financial benefits that come from offering more sustainable menus.


Supporters of Green Meal Initiative

Food Day

The Humane Society of the United States

Health Care Without Harm

Meatless Monday

American College of Lifestyle Medicine

Green Monday USA

 

*These principles, which were approved by the LA Food Policy Council in and LA Unified School District in 2012 govern those entities purchasing (including 127 million meals at LAUSD). ​
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