Our work during the 130th Maine State Legislature
LD 1679: An Act to Address Student Hunger through Expanding Access to Free School Meals| Senate President Troy Jackson
This bill was put into the state budget and starting in school year 2023 the State of Maine will contribute funding to cover the cost of paid students in the School Breakfast and National School Lunch programs, so that all students in Maine can access school meal programs without cost. We are still working to secure the additional funding needed to provide school meals to all.
Learn more about School Meals for All.
LD 655: An Act to Require at Least a 30-minute Lunch Period for Students | Representative Jan Dodge
This bill was turned into a study to assess the feasibility of providing at least 30 minutes for Maine students to eat lunch. Maine Department of Education will provide study results in January 2022.
Learn more about 30 Minute Lunches and LD 655 HERE
LD 636: An Act to Encourage the Purchase of Local Foods for Public Schools | Senator Eloise Vitelli
This newly expanded fund will allow schools to source local foods from distributors and local food processors in addition to directly from farms, increase the cap on reimbursement from the state to encourage more local purchasing by schools, and expand beyond produce to include other local foods like meat, fish, tofu, eggs, yogurt, and cheese.
Learn more about Local Foods for Public Schools and LD 636 HERE.
LD 362: Resolve, To Require the Department of Education to Form a Family Income Data Collection Working Group | Representative Michael Brennan
This bill directed the Department of Education to convene a legislative work group to examine alternative ways for schools to collect income data from families. A report is expected from Maine DOE in January.
Learn more about the Maine Dept. of Education Working Group and LD 362 HERE.
LD 961: An Act to Provide Equity in Access to Applications for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program | Representative Rebecca Millett
This new law creates an online school meal benefit application, housed on the Department of Education’s website, so families can easily apply for school meals online. The data submitted via the application is not visible to the Department of Education, and is transferred directly to local districts.
Learn more about Equity in Application Access and LD 961 HERE.
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