(Sacramento, CA) On a vote of 52-11-17, the California Assembly passed Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian’s (D-Van Nuys) Assembly Bill 479, incentivizing K-12 public schools to offer healthier, climate-friendly lunch options.
Called the Healthy Climate-Friendly School Lunch Act, AB 479 would provide schools with additional state funding for serving plant-based entrées and plant-based milk. The bill also includes critical state support for staff training, student engagement, recipe development, and other technical assistance needed to help public schools boost participation rates and successfully serve plant-based foods.
“We’re passed the stage where our only school lunch options are meat and potatoes,” stated Nazarian. “Plant-based meals are healthier for our children and will reduce our state’s carbon footprint.”