assembly Bill A10600

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Relates to requiring public schools to offer plant-based food options in food service

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May 08, 2018 referred to education

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A10600 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S8517
Current Committee:
Assembly Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §915-a, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2019-2020 Legislative Session:
S1472

A10600 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires public schools to offer plant-based food options in food service.

A10600 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  10600

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                               May 8, 2018
                               ___________

Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  GOTTFRIED  --  read once and referred to the
  Committee on Education

AN ACT to amend the education  law,  in  relation  to  requiring  public
  schools to offer plant-based food options in food service

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section  915-a
to read as follows:
  §  915-A.  PLANT-BASED  FOOD  OPTIONS. 1. UPON REQUEST BY A STUDENT OR
PERSON IN PARENTAL RELATION TO THE STUDENT, EVERY  PUBLIC  SCHOOL  SHALL
OFFER  THE  STUDENT A PLANT-BASED FOOD OPTION AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO EVERY
MEAL OR SNACK OFFERED IN FOOD SERVICE TO THE  STUDENT.  THE  PLANT-BASED
FOOD OPTION SHALL BE OFFERED AT NO ADDITIONAL COST TO THE STUDENT BEYOND
WHAT WOULD BE CHARGED FOR A COMPARABLE NON-PLANT-BASED FOOD OPTION.
  2.  THE  SCHOOL  SHALL  RESPOND IN A REASONABLE MANNER AND TIME TO ANY
REQUEST MADE UNDER THIS SECTION,  CONSISTENT  WITH  GUIDANCE  BY  SCHOOL
AUTHORITIES.  THE  REQUEST  SHALL  BE EFFECTIVE FOR EVERY SCHOOL MEAL OR
SNACK IN WHICH THE STUDENT IS REASONABLY EXPECTED TO  PARTICIPATE.  THIS
SECTION  DOES  NOT  PRECLUDE THE OFFERING OF PLANT-BASED FOOD OPTIONS TO
STUDENTS WHO HAVE NOT REQUESTED IT, AND DOES NOT PRECLUDE AN  INDIVIDUAL
WHO  HAS REQUESTED A PLANT-BASED FOOD OPTION FROM SELECTING A NON-PLANT-
BASED FOOD OPTION.
  3. AS USED IN THIS SECTION:
  (A) "PLANT-BASED FOOD OPTION" MEANS FOOD OR BEVERAGES THAT ARE FREE OF
ANIMAL PRODUCTS AND, AS RELATES TO THE  "PROTEIN"  PORTION  OF  A  MEAL,
RECOGNIZED  BY  THE  UNITED  STATES  DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AS A MEAT
ALTERNATE FOR PURPOSES OF THE NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM.
  (B) "ANIMAL PRODUCT" MEANS MEAT, POULTRY, SEAFOOD, DAIRY, EGGS, HONEY,
AND ANY DERIVATIVE THEREOF.
  4. IN IMPLEMENTING THIS SECTION, THE  SCHOOL  AND  SCHOOL  AUTHORITIES
SHALL  CONSULT  WITH  THE  SCHOOL  DISTRICT NUTRITION ADVISORY COMMITTEE
UNDER SECTION NINE HUNDRED EIGHTEEN OF THIS ARTICLE, WHERE APPLICABLE.
  § 2. This act shall take effect immediately and shall apply to  public
school  food  service  beginning with the school year, as defined in the
education law, beginning one year after it shall have become a law.

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