Biden Urged to Expand Vegetarian Dining Options at Federal Facilities


More and more Americans are seeking out healthier options that also reduce their carbon footprint and a directive would show leadership on the issue. Image: PRESSLAB/Shutterstock.com

A group of nearly three dozen House Democrats has asked President Biden “make a vegetarian entrée available everywhere the federal government is serving our people a meal,” including in federal office buildings, museums, national parks, prisons and military bases.

“Plant-based meals have dramatic health benefits for our people, lowering the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Making a vegetarian entrée available at federal facilities will help federal workers and visitors get more protein and nutrients from plants,” they wrote. “More and more Americans are interested in vegetarian options—especially younger Americans, who are seeking out healthier options that also reduce their carbon footprint.”

They said that while the CDC guidelines for food in federal facilities recommends that they offer plant-based protein foods, “vegetarian entrées are still not routinely provided at federal facilities.”

The letter said that a directive tied to the upcoming White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health making vegetarian offerings more widely available at its facilities would be a way for the government to show leadership.

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