Some vegetarian medical students at Stanford Medical School were frustrated recently, when they attended their White Coat ceremony where they are given a white coat and a stethoscope, to find that all the vegetarian options were already taken. This is evidently a frequent occurrence. Throughout their first year of medical school, they found that food options for vegetarians were in short supply at lunchtime and dinner seminars, orientations, club meetings etc. The impact on them is that they feel their cultural and moral values are not recognized and they are not able to reduce their impact on the environment.Read more
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College just got more veg friendly. Aramark, the nation’s largest campus food service company, is increasing its vegetarian and vegan options after a survey it commissioned showed that over a quarter of students said that vegan options were important to them. This is great news for students at local colleges and universities such as the University of Washington
Aramark has over 80 vegan entrees available for incorporation into their residential menus. The line up includes dishes such as Tofu-Potato Hash, Vegan Home Style Pancakes and Spiced Breakfast Quinoa to Southwest Sweet Potato, Butternut & Black Bean Chili, and Chickpea Panchmael. There’s even vegan snickerdoodles for dessert.
About 40% of students say that the ability to customize meals is one of the top five most important attributes at limited service restaurants, so Aramark is planning on setting up veg action stations where students can design their own made-to-order dishes.
Formerly the focus of many a joke and horror story, we’re happy to see the improvements in college dining. We’ll spare the students the usual rant about how boomers used to have to walk five miles in the snow to campus only to get a serving of motor oil and sawdust!