Established in 2003, the Meatless Monday campaign is now boasting of its first success. The Baltimore City Public Schools system is the first in the United States to pledge to serve no meat on Mondays. The move means 80-thousand students have no meat option on Mondays. According to the school’s web site, today’s menu includes an entrée selection of mini ravioli or grilled cheese and a side selection including mixed vegetables, mashed potatoes and fresh fruit.

Janet riley, senior vice president of public affairs for the American Meat Institute says - for young adults who are working to maintain a healthy body weight, meat is an important part of the diet because it's nutrition-dense and helps with a feeling of satisfaction. Riley adds, - we believe that students should be free to choose whether or not they wish to consume meat, instead of simply removing it from the menu and depriving them of that choice.