The last thing Dearborn Public Schools' Food Service Director Jeff Murphy wants to see is students not eating, or tossing out food because they feel like they don't have any lunch time options.

But that was exactly what was occurring 11 years ago, when the schools introduced a pilot program offering halal meats at a school building.

Today, the program has grown— with more more than half of Dearborn's 32 schools offering halal options for Muslim students, with Haigh, Howard, Lindbergh and Dearborn High being added to that list this year.

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