We, the Muslim Community of Bakersfield, CA, demand that the Bakersfield City School District should give kids an alternative breakfast and lunch meal on the days that the schools serve pork!

We have a couple thousand Muslims living within our community in Bakersfield alone, and even more across California. There are about 10-20 Muslim children per school, and we have over 100 schools in Kern County. So that means there are 1,000-2,000 Muslim children in Bakersfield, CA who currently can't eat on the days when pork is served as the only option for school breakfasts and lunches.

All children should have equal opportunities to learn and grow. How can they do that if they are hungry? There needs to be an alternative breakfast and lunch meal for children of all faiths on days that pork is served in schools.

Years ago, the cafeteria workers provided us with alternative meals, but they are not allowed to do so anymore. The cafeteria workers have also told me that the schools have non-pork meals in stock, but they can't use them as a substitute meal for our children. I do not see why it is so hard to provide children of different races and religions something so simple as a meal. Meawhile, some parents are unable to prepare or buy their kids food because of financial reasons, yet that does not mean we should let the children starve!

Not only should they offer a substitute meal for Muslims, but for all other religions such as Judaism, Christianity, Catholicism, Hinduism, and others that are not mentioned. Children of all religions should have the opportunity to learn and eat. 

Regardless of race or religion, everyone needs to be aware of this issue because your support is needed. Please sign this petition to ask that the Bakersfield City School District provide an alternative breakfast and lunch meal on the days that the schools serve pork. Thank you for your support! If our school district makes this change, perhaps we'll be able to inspire others to do the same.

‎يجب أن يحصل جميع الأطفال على فرص متساوية ، وأن تكون وجبة الإفطار والغداء البديلة في الأيام التي يقدم فيها الخنزير في المدارس واحدة منها. بغض النظر عن العرق أو الدين ، يجب أن يكون مجتمعنا على دراية بهذه المشكلة وأن دعمك مطلوب ، وشكرا لدعمك

#EQUALITY #CHILDREN #AMERICANS #OUR FUTURE

Update #11 months ago
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