The Physicians Committee

News Release - school lunch

Doctors Appeal Judge’s Decision Allowing California Schools to Continue Serving Cancer-Causing Processed Meat

The Physicians Committee—a nonprofit with 12,000 doctor members—has offered Los Angeles Unified School District and Poway Unified School District in California each a $5,000 grant to remove processed meat from menus.

Austin Independent School District Wins Grand Prize for Healthy School Lunches

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine—a national doctors group—awards Austin Independent School District the grand prize in the 2017 Golden Carrot Awards.

Los Angeles Unified School District Launches Vegan Pilot Program

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the nation’s second-largest public school district, approved a pilot program to test-drive daily plant-based vegan entrées in a handful of district schools during the 2017-18 school year.

Doctors, Parents, Teacher Sue California Schools for Serving Students Carcinogenic Processed Meats

The Physicians Committee filed a lawsuit on April 12 to stop schools in California’s Los Angeles Unified School District and Poway Unified School District from serving students processed meats—including hot dogs, pepperoni, and luncheon meat—which are linked to colorectal cancer.

Billboards Warn of Cancer Risk: Hot Dogs in School Meals

Cancer kills. Put kids on the path to prevention by removing cancer-causing foods like hot dogs and deli meats from school lunches! #DropTheHotDog #ProcessedMeatKills

Doctors Seek to Ban Hot Dogs and Other Processed Meats from School Lunches; Federal Petition Filed with USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture should stop distributing carcinogenic meats to children through the National School Lunch Program.

Doctors Promote to Protect Students, Patients from Hot Dogs

WASHINGTON—In advance of the World Health Organization declaring processed meats such as hot dogs as cancerous as asbestos, the Physicians Committee—a nonprofit of 12,000 doctors—is urging schools, hospitals, and public institutions to remove processed meats from menus and provide students and patients with cancer-fighting resources from

Doctors Provide Schools with Golden Carrot Awards to Celebrate Healthful School Lunch Programs

Five public school districts earn Golden Carrot Awards from the nonprofit Physicians Committee during National School Lunch Week, Oct. 12 to 16, 2015, to celebrate each food service teams’ leadership with delivering plant-based entrées to its K-12 students.

Doctors Seek K-12 Schools Serving Plant-Based Vegetarian Meal Options

The Golden Carrot Awards, established in 2004, recognizes public and private food service teams doing exceptional work to improve the healthfulness of school lunches. The 2015 application is open to private schools and public school districts. It closes on Aug. 15, 2015.