The Dearborn School District reflects the increasing demand for products prepared in accordance with Muslim religious guidelines.
Halal meat and poultry options were first introduced to one Dearborn public school in 2001. In recent years, more schools in the district have followed suit. Twenty-two of the 32 Dearborn schools now serve halal alternatives.
Jeff Murphy, food service coordinator for Dearborn Public Schools, said halal offerings expanded more in the past five years, based on requests from principals or parent-teacher associations.