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S. 1908 (116th): Summer Meals Act of 2019


The text of the bill below is as of Jun 19, 2019 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1908

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 19, 2019

(for herself and Ms. Murkowski) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

A BILL

To amend the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to improve the efficiency of summer meals.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Summer Meals Act of 2019.

2.

Summer food service program for children

(a)

Better Integrate Summer Education and Summer Meals Program

Section 13(a)(1)(A)(i) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1761(a)(1)(A)(i)) (relating to the definition of the term area in which poor economic conditions exist) is amended by striking 50 percent each place it appears and inserting 40 percent.

(b)

Reduce red tape for public-Private partnerships

Section 13(a)(8) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1761(a)(8)) is amended—

(1)

by striking the paragraph designation and heading and all that follows through Except and inserting the following:

(8)

Year-round meal service

(A)

Seamless summer option for schools

Except

; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following:

(B)

Year-round meal service for other service institutions

Each service institution (other than a service institution described in subparagraph (A)), in addition to being eligible for reimbursement for meals described in subsection (b)(2) served during each day of operation during the periods described in subsection (c)(1), may be reimbursed for up to 1 meal and 1 snack per child served during each day of operation during—

(i)

afterschool hours;

(ii)

weekends; and

(iii)

school holidays during the regular school calendar.

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(c)

Improve nutrition in underserved, hard-to-Reach areas

Section 13(a) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1761(a)) is amended—

(1)

by striking paragraphs (9) and (10) and inserting the following:

(9)

Improve nutrition in underserved, hard-to-reach areas

(A)

In general

Subject to the availability of appropriations provided in advance in an appropriations Act specifically for the purpose of carrying out this paragraph, the Secretary shall award competitive grants to service institutions selected by the Secretary to increase participation in the program by children who lack the ability to access a congregate feeding site through—

(i)

innovative approaches to limited transportation;

(ii)

mobile meal trucks; and

(iii)

any other method or approach that does not require children to access a congregate feeding site.

(B)

Eligibility

To be selected to receive a grant under this paragraph, a service institution—

(i)

may be located in any State; and

(ii)

shall—

(I)

submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require;

(II)

meet criteria established by the Secretary; and

(III)

agree to the terms and conditions of the grant, as established by the Secretary.

(C)

Priority

In awarding grants under this paragraph, the Secretary shall give priority to service institutions that plan—

(i)

to serve both breakfast and lunch; or

(ii)

to serve lunch, a snack, and dinner.

(D)

Travel reimbursement

A service institution that receives a grant under subparagraph (A)(i) may use grant funds to provide reimbursement for travel.

(E)

Authorization of appropriations

There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary to make competitive grants under this paragraph $10,000,000 for each fiscal year.

; and

(2)

by redesignating paragraphs (11) and (12) as paragraphs (10) and (11), respectively.

(d)

Third meal

Section 13(b)(2) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1761(b)(2)) is amended by striking only serve lunch and all that follows through migrant children may.

(e)

Summer meal service reimbursement after emergencies and disasters

Section 13 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1761) is amended by striking subsection (r) and inserting the following:

(r)

Summer meal service reimbursement after emergencies and disasters

(1)

Definition of affected area

In this subsection, the term affected area means an area for which—

(A)

the President has declared a major disaster in accordance with section 401 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5170); or

(B)

the Governor of the State in which the area is located has declared an emergency or disaster under State law.

(2)

Summer meal reimbursement

In an affected area, the Secretary shall, on request by a State, reimburse a service institution for meals provided under this section to children that consume the meals by a noncongregate method or approach.

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(f)

Authorization of appropriations

Section 13 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1761) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(s)

Authorization of appropriations

There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary to carry out this section for the period of fiscal years 2019 through 2024.

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