Require Plant-Based Food Options in Hospitals and Prisons

Target: Toni G. Atkins, President pro Tempore, California Senate

Goal: Support the health of California’s citizens by mandating plant-based meal options for California’s hospitals and prisons.

Meal options containing no animal products or by-products may not be available to those who need them in California’s licensed healthcare facilities and state prisons, but a new bill could change that. SB 1138, sponsored by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and Social Compassion in Legislation, would mandate that this type of meal be provided.

This is especially important for those who need access to plant-based meals because of dietary restrictions (for health, personal, religious, or ethical reasons). As Judie Mancuso of Social Compassion in Legislation states, “Plant-based foods are acceptable to most world religions and ethical schools, as well posing fewer problems for people with common food sensitivities like egg and dairy.” More than that, they also provide numerous health benefits for all, including the prevention of diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The American Medical Association even passed a resolution in 2017 to improve hospital health with plant-based meals. This bill would be an important step for health and equality. Sign below to demand that plant-based meals be provided in California’s healthcare facilities and prisons.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator Atkins,

The new bill requiring plant-based meal options to be made available in all California licensed healthcare facilities and state prisons must be passed into law. SB 1138 would improve California’s compliance with already existing mandates that protect the health and well-being of citizens, and would be an important step for equality and health across the state.

As Senator Nancy Skinner states, “Everyone in the state of California deserves the same access to nutritious food. By ensuring that our hospitals and our prisons provide a plant-based meal option, SB 1138 will help reduce chronic diseases, including diabetes and heart disease.” These meal options meet the standards of most religious, cultural, and ethical dietary restrictions, and are less problematic for those with food sensitivities as well. I urge you to support SB 1138 and ensure that Californians all have access to healthy, plant-based meal options.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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4 Comments

  1. Gen Agustsson says:

    thats not fair to vegans who need this in hospitals.

  2. I don’t know why they don’t already? A lot of doctors are for plant based diets!

  3. Why would you include prisons? Why worry about the incarcerated ? Adidas the worry or show a concern for those the robbed, murdered, sold drugs to? You lost me on this! Hospitals yes, jail never – let them rot!

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