New Jersey schools must at least consider offering more cultural and dietary sensitive lunch options under a bill headed to Gov. Chris Christie's desk for approval, reports NJ.com. It would create a form for all middle and high school students to fill out, indicating any unmet school lunch dietary preferences and describing any food concerns the student wishes to see addressed.
Unless the forms reveal that only a few students have complaints, districts would then be required to establish district-wide food services advisory committees consisting of the superintendent, a principal or principal's designee, a food services employee or contractor, at least four students and at least one parent. That committee would then recommend breakfast and lunch choices reflecting the student body's cultural, traditional and overall dietary preferences, though the cost effectiveness of providing any new meals would also be taken into account.