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Jews, Muslims rally for kosher, halal food in NYC schools

(JTA) – Muslim and Jewish students rallied with lawmakers in support of a bill that would provide kosher and halal food options in New York City public schools. “The cost is limited compared to having a healthy meal, allowing students to eat and to be able to perform,” said State Assemblyman David Weprin, a Queens Democrat, at the Sept. 5 rally in front of City Hall, according to CBS New York. The bill, which is sponsored by State Sen. Tony Avella, also a Queens Democrat, would provide kosher and halal food options in public schools, where at least a quarter of students belong to a religious community with dietary restrictions, according to The Jewish Press. There are vegetarian school lunch options, but not kosher or halal ones, according to the city’s Department of Education.

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