An Act To Enhance Efforts To Use Locally Produced Food in Schools
Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA §6663 is enacted to read:
§ 6663. Locally produced food in school meal programs
The school administrative unit shall annually report the data collected under this subsection to the department. The department shall make the data reported pursuant to this subsection available to the public within 30 days of the reporting deadline established by rule of the department.
Within 45 days of the reporting deadline, the department shall publish on its publicly accessible website a list of the school administrative units that are meeting the benchmarks established under this subsection.
This bill requires a school administrative unit to report on its use of local foods in its school meal programs. It requires the Department of Education to make the reporting available to the public and to publish a list of schools that meet benchmarks for increasing the use of local foods. It also requires the Department of Education to establish rules to implement the provisions.