Pinellas County schools breakfast and lunch menus now offering vegan and gluten-free items – ABC Action News
PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Vegan chili. Teriyaki beef. Vegan quesadillas. Chicken and waffles.
Menu choices at a fancy restaurant? Nope.
The breakfast and lunch menus will look vastly different when school opens Wednesday in Pinellas County.
And they are pretty darn cool.
Healthy and hip is the new direction for the Pinellas County School District thanks to forward-thinking folks Food and Nutrition Department.
Vegan and gluten-free items will now be available. A kid-created menu will feature such delicious, if surprising, fare as blueberry scones.
Other changes will include:
- Food trays will now be biodegradable, with some even made out of wheatgrass.
- Much of the fruits and vegetables served will be farm-to-table, delivered straight from Tampa Bay crops.
- Free breakfast is always available.
- A pilot program to decrease waste in an Earth-conscious manner will involve composting on school sites.