However, Rebecca Cummins, the sophomore who is leading the initiative with Farms to K, wants to reassure her fellow students that she is not trying to make everyone on campus a vegetarian.
“The goal of Meatless Mondays is not to get everyone to give up meat, but rather to make it possible for Sodexo to bring in more locally raised foods,” said Cummins. “Cutting meat for a day would allow Sodexo to purchase the more expensive but also more sustainable food that is grown by local farmers in the area.”
Susan Matheson, the general manager of Sodexo, is eager to make the college cafeteria more sustainable. “By having Meatless Monday, we will be able to have what we are currently calling ‘Local Food Friday’ which will include dishes made from locally grown and raised ingredients,” she said.
The trial run for Local Food Friday will occur on April 22 and will feature turkey and potatoes from around the Kalamazoo area.
Matheson said that the Meatless Mondays trial will allow for fair implementation of the new food program.
“I understand that there are varying opinions on Meatless Mondays, and for this reason we have decided to have a survey available for students to fill out after the trial meal,” said Matheson. “The continuation of Meatless Mondays and Local Food Fridays will depend on the results of this survey.” Even if Meatless Mondays does not work out, Matheson said Sodexo will continue working to try and include locally grown foods into its menu.