The New York City budget adopted Thursday includes $1 million to fund a pilot program that will offer kosher and halal meals in public and non-public schools, announced Councilman Chaim Deutsch.
Deutsch, a Brooklyn Democrat who chairs the council’s Jewish Caucus, said that he partnered with Councilman Rafael Espinal to introduce a resolution in 2014 calling upon the Department of Education to provide lunches for Jewish and Muslim students who follow religious dietary laws.
Deutsch called it “a huge step forward towards ensuring that kosher and halal meals become a universal option for the 1.5 million New York City students in public and non-public schools.”
The bill was pushed by Teach NYS, a project of the Orthodox Union. Maury Litwack, the group’s executive director, thanked the council for its passage.