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Will Boyle Heights high school students develop a taste for vegan cuisine?

L.A. Unified vegan menu

From L.A.Unified website

BOYLE HEIGHTS — Starting next month Roosevelt High students lining up for lunch at the school cafeteria will be able to order off a vegan menu as part of a pilot program at seven campuses.

The vegan menu will feature such items as chili with tortilla chips, bean tamales, sausage subs, teriyaki patty sandwiches and Hungry Planet’s burgers. The cafeterias will continue to serve regular items as well.

“We are proud of our staff’s knowledge, skills and support as they developed our vegan option menu and the materials to promote it,” Food Services Director Joseph K. Vaughn said in a statement. “We are working with vendors to not only ensure products meet nutritional and vegan standards, but that they are also tasty and appealing. We want to stir up interest and excitement so that our students will try a vegan option.”

The cafeteria at Roosevelt will serve up the vegan menu from Sept. 5 through Nov. 17. Student responses and suggestions during the pilot period will be used to guide the district as it expands the menu to other schools.

A week before the vegan menu debuts, district staff will offer samples to students and oversee the installation of signs and other materials promoting the menu.

The other high schools participating in the pilot program include Banning, Crenshaw, Fairfax, Huntington Park, North Hollywood and Sylmar.

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