Vegans share their opinions to gain representation for their lifestyle at the River.
As popularity in the veganism diet increases, some students at the River are joining the other teenagers that represent ⅙ of the vegan population (according to The Guardian). Being vegan consists of not eating or using any products produced by or part of an animal. Although it seems restrictive, the differences in health are supposed to be significant: better sleep, more energy and enhanced focus are some reported effects of veganism.
The River maintains their goal to use Manatee County’s guidelines for healthy living and serve students the proper amount of food that consists of the main food groups. The cafeteria offers a plethora of options for breakfast and lunch for people without dietary regulations, and there is always a salad bar line as well as peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in any line available for vegetarians.
However, vegan options at the River are limited, as many places are. Some students have their own opinions on what the River could do to make these vegans feel more represented in the lunchroom. Here are those suggestions…
Hannah Tracey, 10th grade:
“I think the items that should be offered in the cafeteria as vegan options should be tofu as a meat substitute, or beans – either black, pinto, kidney, red or even lentils because these items cost less per pound than the average pack of chicken breast. The school should easily be able to afford these items. It would also provide a good source of nutrition to those of us who are vegan, much more so than the options available to us at this point in time.”