Bill Summaries: H653 (2023-2024 Session)

  • Summary date: Apr 17 2023 - View summary

    Enacts GS 115C-264.6 requiring school food authorities to offer at least one plant-based meal entrée option at every breakfast and lunch served. Defines plant-based meal as a meal that is free of all animal products, including meat, poultry, fish, dairy, and eggs. Requires the meal option to meet the nutritional guidelines issued by the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service. Requires the State Board of Education to publish guidance and recommendations for the local boards of education as to how to best implement the act by August 15, 2023. Makes conforming changes to GS 115C-263 (pertaining to school nutrition services). Applies beginning with the 2023-24 school year.