by Friends of the Earth
Yesterday, Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-Van Nuys) introduced landmark legislation incentivizing K-12 public schools across the state to offer healthier, climate-friendly lunch options. Under AB 479, the Healthy, Climate-friendly School Lunch Act, schools would receive additional state funding for serving a plant-based entree and plant-based milk. The bill is co-sponsored by Animal Hope in Legislation, Friends of the Earth, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and Social Compassion in Legislation.
AB 479 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.
“AB 479 will increase access to healthy food options for low-income communities and reduce our carbon footprint at the same time,” stated Assemblymember Nazarian.