ASSEMBLY, No. 3504

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

218th LEGISLATURE

INTRODUCED MARCH 5, 2018

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman† PAMELA R. LAMPITT

District 6 (Burlington and Camden)

Assemblywoman† ELIANA PINTOR MARIN

District 29 (Essex)

Assemblyman† ARTHUR BARCLAY

District 5 (Camden and Gloucester)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman Vainieri Huttle

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

†††† Expands summer meal program to all school districts with 50 percent or more of students eligible for free or reduced price meals.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

†††† As introduced.

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An Act concerning implementation of the federal Summer Food Service Program and supplementing chapter 33 of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes.

 

†††† Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

†††† 1.††† a.† Every school district in which 50 percent or more of the students enrolled in the school district on or before the last school day before October 16 of the preceding school year were eligible for free or reduced price meals under the National School Lunch Program or the federal School Breakfast Program, shall:

†††† (1)†† become a sponsor of the federal Summer Food Service Program; or

†††† (2)†† apply for a waiver pursuant to section 3 of this act.

†††† b.††† No later than one year after the date of enactment of this act, a school district which is required to sponsor a Summer Food Service Program pursuant to subsection a. of this section shall submit, to the Department of Agriculture, a program plan to become a sponsor of the federal Summer Food Service Program.

†††† c.†††† As used in this act, "Summer Food Service Program" means the federal program that reimburses sponsors for administrative and operational costs to provide meals for children 18 years of age and younger during periods when they are out of school for 15 or more consecutive school days, which is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and administered by the State Department of Agriculture in accordance with the requirements set forth in federal regulations at 7 CFR Part 225 and 7 CFR Part 250.

 

†††† 2.††† a. †The Department of Agriculture shall notify a school district that submits a Summer Food Service Program plan pursuant to section 1 of this act of the completion of the department's review and any recommended changes to the school districtís program plan, within three months after receipt of the plan.† If a school districtís program plan meets all of the requirements of this act and any rules and regulations adopted pursuant thereto, the department shall approve the plan.

†††† b.††† A school district subject to the requirements of this act shall become a sponsor of the federal Summer Food Service Program, based on the plan submitted by the school district to the Department of Agriculture, no later than two years following the date of enactment of this act.

 

†††† 3.††† a.† The Department of Agriculture may grant a waiver of the requirements of this act to a school district subject to the requirements of this act that lacks the staff, facilities, or equipment to sponsor the federal Summer Food Service Program, or the means to finance the hiring or acquisition of such staff, facilities, or equipment, if the district submits the federal Summer Food Service Program plan to the department as required by section 1 of this act and requests a waiver for the school district.

†††† b.††† A school district that requests a waiver pursuant to subsection a. of this section shall report to the Department of Agriculture, in the manner prescribed by the department, its reasons for requesting a waiver.† The report shall include, but need not be limited to, a description of the specific impediments to implementing the program and actions that could be taken to remove those impediments.

 

†††† 4.††† The Department of Agriculture shall adopt pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), such rules and regulations as may be necessary to effectuate the purposes of this act.

 

†††† 5.††† This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

†††† This bill requires every school district in which 50 percent or more of the students enrolled in the school on or before the last school day before October 16 of the preceding school year were eligible for free or reduced price meals under the National School Lunch Program or the federal School Breakfast Program to become a sponsor of the federal Summer Food Service Program.†

†††† The bill requires each school district, no later than one year after the date of enactment of this bill into law, to submit a plan for sponsorship of the federal Summer Food Service Program in a district required to establish such a program. Based on the plan submitted by the school district to the Department of Agriculture, the bill requires that such school district become a sponsor no later than two years following the date of enactment of this bill into law.† The bill permits the Department of Agriculture to grant a waiver from the sponsorship requirement to a school district under certain conditions.

†††† The "Summer Food Service Program" means the federal program that reimburses sponsors for administrative and operational costs to provide meals for children 18 years of age and younger during periods when they are out of school for 15 or more consecutive school days, which is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and administered by the State Department of Agriculture.†

†††† Locally, approved sponsors, including school districts, run the Summer Food Service Program.† Each sponsor provides free meals to a group of children at a central site such as a school or a community center. Sponsors receive payments from the United States Department of Agriculture through their state agencies for the meals they serve and for their documented operating costs. The Summer Food Service Program is the single largest federal resource available for local sponsors who want to combine a feeding program with a summer activity program.