By Joe Hong, CalMatters
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Photo: Dalal Erekat at her home in El Cajon on Oct. 14, 2021. Ariana Drehsler for CalMatters
October 19, 2021 (El Cajon) - On days she forgets to pack her lunch, 17-year-old Dalal Erekat has to resort to a few vegetarian options like carrot sticks and tater tots. Her school, Valhalla High, has never provided halal entrees permissible to eat by her Muslim faith.