Outraged parents are hitting out at primary schools after being told kids will only be fed vegetarian food on Mondays.
The schools, in parts of Yorkshire, are doing away with all meat options for “meat-free Mondays”.
However, many mums and dads are not happy about the decision.
Some think their kids should be allowed to choose their own food everyday with options for both meat and veggie available.
East Riding Council decided to introduce the new meal plan for the 2020/21 school year.
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But mums have gone online to complain about the situation, reports The Sun.
One parent said: “I think it’s disgusting.
“A meat-free option is offered daily – so a meat option should also be offered every day.”
Another added: “For some kids it’s the only meal they will get each day.
“They need the protein and iron from meat.”
According to the NHS, children need one to two portions of protein per day.
This can be sourced from meat, eggs, fish, beans, tofu, and pulses.
The owner of Smith’s Butchers in Bridlington, East Yorkshire said: “This isn’t us trying to have a dig at vegans or vegetarians as we respect their views and opinions, but our point is there is a vegetarian option everyday – but no meat on a Monday.
“Surely children or parents should have this choice and not be forced into vegetarian meals.”
Not everyone was upset by the announcement, as some said the “drama” was an “overreaction”.
“Given that meat production has a huge environmental impact, I think it’s a great idea to show kids that there are other options available,” said one mum.
The Economist claims going vegan for two thirds of meals could cut food-related carbon emissions by a whopping 60%.
It’s expected East Riding Council will launch a consultation about school menus.
Commercial strategic manager David Johnston said: “As children’s tastes have changed, we are now being asked to produce recipes and menus which are suitable for vegetarian and vegan diets on a more regular basis.
“The options we are offering on Mondays are dishes which have proved popular previously, and we have worked to ensure that the menus conform to school food standards.
“Individual schools have the option to change the menu, with direction from the headteacher and governing body, as long as the menu adheres to the food standards set by the Government.”