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Healthy Climate-Friendly School Lunch Act

California State Assembly member Adrin Nazarian joins Los Angeles City Council member Paul Koretz, Animal Hope in Legislation, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Friends of the Earth, and Social Compassion in Legislation to announce the introduction of the Healthy Climate-Friendly School Lunch Act.

The measure incentives K-12 public schools to include a climate-friendly, plant-based entree as an available lunch option.

Eligible entrees must be free of animal products or byproducts, including meat, poultry, fish, dairy or eggs.

This first-of-its-kind legislation will increase access to healthy and climate-friendly food for California’s six million kids who receive free and reduced lunch.

It will also help California meet its ambitious climate goals.

Mounting evidence shows that shifting diets toward plant-based foods is imperative for addressing climate change and reducing high rates of diet-related diseases.

With millions of pounds of animal foods served each year, this bill will help California’s public schools reduce their carbon footprint while serving healthier food to kids.

Research shows that healthy, protein-rich plant-based foods like lentils and beans are 26 to 34 times less carbon intensive than beef and have significantly lower emissions than pork and chicken


  • Assembly member Adrin Nazarian | 46th District
  • Council member Paul Koretz | 5th District
  • Marc Ching, Founder and CEO| Animal Hope in Legislation
  • Kari Hamerschlag, Deputy Director, Food and Agriculture Program | Friends of the Earth
  • Heather Shenkman, M.D. | Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
  • Simone Reyes, Vice President, Communications | Social Compassion in Legislation
  • Genesis Butler | 12-year-old animal rights activist


  • Wednesday – February 13, 2019 at 9:15 AM


  • Los Angeles City Hall – 200 N. Spring St. – Los Angeles, CA 90012


For more information contact: Maritza Padilla – – 916.444.1380

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