The Congresswoman, Grace Meng, backed a one-million-dollar pilot program that would provide halal and kosher lunches to children in New York City public schools.
This decision goes in consistency with a bill presented earlier this year by New York’s assemblyman, David Weprin, who suggested to the city’s schools to offer halal food for their students.
“I have long called for halal meals to be made available in New York City schools and I’ve made similar calls on the federal level as well,” Meng said in a press release.
“This pilot program is a great. I’m happy that Muslim students will finally have lunch options that adhere to their dietary restrictions,” she continued.
Interestingly, four schools in Brooklyn have already committed to providing children with halal meals according to Forward.com.
In 2010, the Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) estimated that Muslims represent 2% of the total population of New York State.
Halal is an Arabic word that means “permissible.” The term is commonly used for meat, but it’s also applied to other food products, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals which must not be derived from non-halal sources like pork.
Halal also applies to any other consumed and edible materials which mustn’t be harmful to human health.