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Vegan Chicken Nuggets Are Coming to California and Washington Schools

Rebellyous Foods’ Kickin’ Nuggets are launching at six school districts in California and Washington this year.


Rebellyous Foods’ Kickin’ Nuggets are launching at six school districts in California and Washington this year.

This school year, kids are going to have more options when it comes to vegan food in the lunch line. Rebellyous Foods’ vegan chicken nuggets are coming to school lunch menus in six school districts across California and Washington.

Vegan Chicken Nuggets in Schools

For the 2021 school year, six school districts in California and Washington are adding the vegan chicken nuggets to the lunch menus. San Ramon Valley Unified School District in Northern California added the nuggets earlier this year, and fellow Northern California districts Dublin Unified, Pleasanton Unified, and Livermore Joint Unified will join them in carrying the vegan nuggets this fall. Santa Ana Unified School District in Southern California is also joining the party, and Everett Public Schools in Washington will round out the launch.

Collectively, this launch will give about 125,000 students the opportunity to try the popular vegan chicken nuggets—which are made from soy protein, breading, oil, and a variety of spices—in school. Rebellyous Foods has developed a proprietary processing technique in the recipe development process that gives the Kickin’ Nuggets that crunchy, meaty texture that kids look for and love in their chicken nuggets.

Healthier Options in School Lunch Lines

Rebellyous Foods has been supplying their plant-based Kickin’ Nuggets to schools in the Pacific Northwest since early 2019. The nuggets are specifically crafted for K-12 food service, with a focus on nutrition and ingredients free from hormones, antibiotics, and cholesterol. The Kickin’ Nuggets have also earned two meat-alternate credits through the USDA’s National School Lunch Program requirements. The nuggets have lower sodium and saturated fat contents than traditional chicken nuggets, making them a great healthier option in school lunch lines.

The Seattle-based startup has been expanding quickly, and consumers can find their other products in retail stores as well as hospitals and universities across the Pacific Northwest. Give the brand a follow on Instagram at @rebellyous for updates on the launch and to see where you can find their other vegan meat products in stores near you.

Cayla White


Cayla has been writing for VegOut since 2020 and has been plugged into the LA vegan food scene since Veggie Grill was pretty much the only vegan restaurant in the city. Aside from writing articles, Cayla enjoys embracing their inner 85-year-old by listening to classical music, making playlists for their friends, and staying active through swimming, hiking, cycling, and yoga. In their free time, Cayla likes writing poetry, learning about outdoor survival and alternative lifestyles, and is always searching for the best loaf of sourdough bread.

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