Public Schools Should Offer More Vegan Menus
Above Photo: LAUSD Food Service Workers prepare for lunch at Sylmar High School in Sylmar, CA., Monday, September 11, 2017. Sylmar High School was one of the seven LAUSD high schools trying out the new vegan lunch menu in a pilot program.(Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)
Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian, D-Van Nuys, has authored a bill that would create incentives for schools to make such offerings, which would be healthier and ultimately cheaper, he said.
LOS ANGELES – Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian, D-Van Nuys, announced proposed legislation Wednesday that he said would provide incentives for public schools across the state to offer students a plant-based entree and plant-based milk at meals.
Under AB 479, the Healthy Climate-Friendly School Lunch Act, schools would receive additional state funding for serving the vegan options, which Nazarian said would be healthier and more climate-friendly.
The bill would also provide state support for staff training, engagement, recipe development, and other technical assistance needed to help boost participation rates, according to Nazarian’s office.
“This is going to be one option that looks at not only making us more healthy as Californians, not only helping us meet our climate goals, but also allowing us to save money in the long run,” Nazarian said.
Nazarian announced the bill at a news conference outside Los Angeles City Hall, alongside City Councilman Paul Koretz and members of organizations backing the idea.
“We’ve received a lot of positive feedback, which doesn’t surprise me, considering the last few years there has been a 600 percent increase in people who identify as vegan,” Koretz said.
The bill is backed by Animal Hope in Legislation, Friends of the Earth, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and Social Compassion in Legislation, according to Nazarian’s office.