Bill Text: NY S08517 | 2017-2018 | General Assembly | Introduced

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

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced - Dead) 2018-05-09 - REFERRED TO EDUCATION [S08517 Detail]

Download: New_York-2017-S08517-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                    IN SENATE
                                       May 9, 2018
        Introduced  by  Sen. HOYLMAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed 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:
     1    Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section  915-a
     2  to read as follows:
     3    §  915-a.  Plant-based  food  options. 1. Upon request by a student or
     4  person in parental relation to the student, every  public  school  shall
     5  offer  the  student a plant-based food option as an alternative to every
     6  meal or snack offered in food service to the  student.  The  plant-based
     7  food option shall be offered at no additional cost to the student beyond
     8  what would be charged for a comparable non-plant-based food option.
     9    2.  The  school  shall  respond in a reasonable manner and time to any
    10  request made under this section,  consistent  with  guidance  by  school
    11  authorities.  The  request  shall  be effective for every school meal or
    12  snack in which the student is reasonably expected to  participate.  This
    13  section  does  not  preclude the offering of plant-based food options to
    14  students who have not requested it, and does not preclude an  individual
    15  who  has requested a plant-based food option from selecting a non-plant-
    16  based food option.
    17    3. As used in this section:
    18    (a) "Plant-based food option" means food or beverages that are free of
    19  animal products and, as relates to the  "protein"  portion  of  a  meal,
    20  recognized  by  the  United  States  Department of Agriculture as a meat
    21  alternate for purposes of the national school lunch program.
    22    (b) "Animal product" means meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, eggs, honey,
    23  and any derivative thereof.
    24    4. In implementing this section, the  school  and  school  authorities
    25  shall  consult  with  the  school  district nutrition advisory committee
    26  under section nine hundred eighteen of this article, where applicable.
    27    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately and shall apply to  public
    28  school  food  service  beginning with the school year, as defined in the
    29  education law, beginning one year after it shall have become a law.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.