An Act To Increase Access to Nutritious Foods in Schools by Implementing an After-school Food Program for At-risk Students
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, the health, safety and future success of children are greatly influenced by the children's diet and nutrition beginning at a very young age; and
Whereas, many families in the State do not have the income or the means to access adequate nutrition and a healthy diet; and
Whereas, many children who do not receive adequate nutrition at home receive nutritious food at school through various school food service programs; and
Whereas, this legislation needs to take effect before the expiration of the 90-day period in order for schoolchildren in the State to benefit from the federal child and adult care food program for the 2019-2020 school year; and
Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,
Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA §6602, sub-§1, ¶D is enacted to read:
Notwithstanding other provisions of this paragraph, a school administrative unit that is required to operate a federal child and adult care food program may choose not to operate such a program if it determines by a vote of the governing body of the school administrative unit after notice and a public hearing that operating such a program would be financially or logistically impracticable.
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.
This bill provides for the participation in the federal child and adult care food program to serve at-risk students who attend after-school programming by school administrative units that choose to operate the program and have at least one public school in which at least 50% of students qualified for a free or reduced-price lunch during the preceding school year.