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Lila Copeland and Pamela Anderson (Photo courtesy of Earth Peace Foundation)

She spoke about how although she was able to pack lunches for her children while they were attending LAUSD schools, many families don’t have that luxury, and advocated for the district to support Healthy Freedom and introduce a daily vegan option on their menus.

“As a mother, it was important to me to be here because we are presented with a unique opportunity to help this generation of young people become more compassionate, be kinder to the environment, and make healthier lifestyle choices,” she said. “Kids today are appalled to learn that animals killed for cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets live crowded by the thousands in dark, filthy sheds, are mutilated, and are slaughtered by having their throats slit while they are still conscious.”

Anderson made a powerful case for the financial, ethical and health reasons for why LAUSD should offer its 600,000 students a daily vegan option, but the real star of the evening was fourteen-year-old Lila Copeland.

The middle school student and vegan activist not only began the Healthy Freedom campaign, but also organized the evening’s presentation and corralled a panel of experts to speak. Copeland, who is youth director of Earth Peace Foundation, also supplied vegan hot lunch samples from Gardein for the board, which Copeland’s mother told LAist “went over amazingly.”

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