The newly adopted New York City budget for FY19 will include, for the first time, a program to provide kosher and Halal meals for students in public and non-public schools. This program follows a comprehensive advocacy campaign by Teach NYS and its coalition partners.
This new kosher and Halal lunch program reflects the leadership of the New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Council member Chaim Deutsch who took active roles in guaranteeing that all students, no matter who they are, were a priority in the FY 2019 budget.
“One of the Council’s main priorities is to ensure that no student goes hungry. The Council’s $1 million investment in both our public and non-public schools in providing kosher and Halal meal options to our Jewish and Muslim students will…make universal free lunch a reality for all. I thank Council member Chaim Deutsch for his leadership as well as Teach NYS for their advocacy on behalf of young New Yorkers,” said City Council Speaker Corey Johnson.
“I’m grateful for the leadership of Speaker Corey Johnson, who ensured that this historic $1 million was included in the City Council’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget, and am appreciative towards the advocates like Teach NYS and the Orthodox Union who helped make this a reality,” said Council Member Chaim Deutsch.
“We applaud the leadership of Speaker Corey Johnson and Council member Chaim Deutsch who lead the charge on this important initiative. They immediately understood the importance of this program and worked tirelessly to fight for our students,” said Maury Litwack, executive director of Teach NYS.