NY: Agudah joins fight to get Kosher school lunches

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The chairman of the City Council’s education committee says he plans to grill Department of Education officials at a budget hearing Monday on why the taxpayer-funded program to provide free kosher and halal lunches at 10 schools this academic year seems to be half-baked.

Brooklyn Councilman Chaim Deutsch, who secured the $1 million pot of legislative funds for the program, said he inquired about the delays and that DOE attributed some of it to trying to first figure out “how best to avoid bullying” of Muslim and Jewish students over their food choices.

Roughly 430,000 students in city public schools are Jewish or Muslim, making it “possible” that “thousands” of them aren’t accepting DOE-provided lunches because of religious dietary guidelines, according to a May 2018 report by Comptroller Scott Stringer.

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