Proposal calls for meals in NYC schools to follow religious dietary rules

03/27/2014 | Daily News (New York)

New York City Councilman Rafael Espinal has introduced a resolution that schools provide halal options in their cafeterias to serve the city's growing Muslim population. Another proposal, introduced recently by Public Advocate Letitia James, calls for free meals for all students. Espinal says the meals should include those for students with faith-based dietary needs, such as kosher food for Jewish students. A date has not been set to hear Espinal's proposal. "We are not equipped to customize meals and offer specialty food," said Education Department spokeswoman Margie Feinberg, who added that schools do offer vegetarian meals.

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