New York Mayor’s Free Lunch Plan Upsets Muslims
Muslim leaders blast de Blasio’s free school lunch plan for not offering halal foods.Thousands of children in the Muslim community are left out of this initiative due to religious dietary restrictions,” the letter dated November 22 and signed by more than twenty leaders. “We urge you to remove the current impediments preventing thousands of students from benefiting.
De Blasio rolled out the federally funded program promising to give all city students free meals with the first day of public school on Sept. 7.
In addition, state Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Queens) introduced legislation in September to require public schools to offer meals that meet students’ religious dietary rules.
City Education Department spokesman Michael Aciman said the city’s universal free school lunch program provides nutritious meals to all students who attend participating schools.
“We offer daily vegetarian alternative options to ensure all students have access to a healthy meal every day,” Aciman said.
Halal food is considered very important to the Islamic faith. Halal food is already a trillion dollar industry as well. People who want to import or export halal have to take certification from concerned authorities as well.