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S. 1918 (116th): Hunger-Free Summer for Kids Act of 2019


The text of the bill below is as of Jun 20, 2019 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1918

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 20, 2019

(for himself, Mr. Leahy, Mr. McConnell, Mr. Brown, Mrs. Hyde-Smith, Mr. Bennet, and Mr. Hoeven) 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 require alternative options for summer food service program delivery.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Hunger-Free Summer for Kids Act of 2019.

2.

Alternative options for summer food service program delivery

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

(1)

in subsection (a), by adding at the end the following:

(13)

Alternative options for program delivery

(A)

Purpose

The purpose of this paragraph is to establish the alternative program delivery options described in subparagraph (B)—

(i)

to provide meals to children that do not have readily available access to meals otherwise provided under this section; and

(ii)
(I)

to increase program participation, effectiveness, and efficiency;

(II)

to improve child nutrition; and

(III)

to reduce food insecurity among children.

(B)

Alternative options

The Secretary shall establish the following 2 alternative options for program delivery:

(i)

Provision of an electronic benefit card (referred to in this paragraph as an EBT card) in accordance with subparagraph (C).

(ii)

Off-site consumption in accordance with subparagraph (D).

(C)

EBT card

(i)

In general

Beginning not later than summer 2022, the Secretary shall make available an option to States to provide program meals under this section through the issuance to children of EBT cards.

(ii)

Amount

(I)

In general

Subject to subclause (III), the value of an EBT card provided under this subparagraph to a child shall be $30 per month.

(II)

Annual limitation

No child shall receive benefits under this subparagraph in an amount greater than $100 in any summer period, as defined by the Secretary.

(III)

Adjustment

On January 1 of each year, the Secretary shall adjust the values described in subclauses (I) and (II) by the same percentage as the adjustment made under subsection (b)(1)(B).

(iii)

Use of benefits

(I)

In general

An EBT card issued under this subparagraph may be used only for the purchase of food from retail stores approved for participation in the supplemental nutrition assistance program established under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2011 et seq.).

(II)

Benefit redemption

A retail store shall redeem EBT card benefits under this subparagraph in the same manner that benefits are redeemed under the supplemental nutrition assistance program described in subclause (I).

(III)

Timing

An EBT card issued under this subparagraph may be used by a child only when school is out of session for the summer period, as defined by the Secretary.

(iv)

Issuance requirements

In administering this subparagraph, the Secretary shall ensure that an EBT card—

(I)

is only issued to a child—

(aa)

who lives—

(AA)

in a rural area, as determined by the Secretary; or

(BB)

outside an area in which poor economic conditions exist;

(bb)

through an application process developed by the Secretary; and

(cc)

who has been determined to be eligible for a free or reduced price lunch under this Act and a free or reduced price breakfast under section 4 of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1773); and

(II)

is not issued to a child living in an area in which a congregate feeding site is operating to prevent duplication in benefits.

(D)

Off-site consumption

(i)

In general

Beginning not later than summer 2022, the Secretary shall make available an option to States to provide program meals under this section through service institutions that provide off-site consumption.

(ii)

Availability

In administering this subparagraph, the Secretary shall ensure that off-site consumption is only available to a child if—

(I)

the child is determined to be eligible for a free or reduced price lunch under this Act and a free or reduced price breakfast under section 4 of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1773); and

(II)

not less than 1 of the conditions described in clause (iii) is present.

(iii)

Conditions

The conditions referred to in clause (ii)(II) are the following:

(I)

The child lives in a rural area, as determined by the Secretary.

(II)

The child lives outside an area in which poor economic conditions exist.

(III)

The program is available to the child at a congregate feeding site but—

(aa)

the site is closed due to extreme weather conditions;

(bb)

violence or other public safety concerns in the area prevent the child from traveling safely to the site;

(cc)

the site is open not more than 4 days a week; or

(dd)

the site provides only 1 meal per day.

(iv)

Administration

In administering this subparagraph, the Secretary shall ensure that—

(I)

in the case of off-site consumption under the condition described in clause (iii)(III)(cc), the number of reimbursable meals served to each child in a single meal service is not more than 2;

(II)

any meal served by a service institution through off-site consumption meets the same standards for safety and quality as a meal served at a congregate feeding site; and

(III)

each State gives priority to a child living in an area in which a congregate feeding site is not reasonably accessible, as determined by the Secretary.

(E)

Scope

Under this paragraph, a State—

(i)

may implement an alternative option described in subparagraph (B) in any area described in subitem (AA) or (BB) of subparagraph (C)(iv)(I)(aa) in the State; but

(ii)

shall not simultaneously implement both alternative options described in subparagraph (B) in the same area in the State.

(F)

Regulations

Not later than October 1, 2021, the Secretary shall promulgate regulations, with an opportunity for notice and comment—

(i)

to ensure the integrity of the alternative options for program delivery described in subparagraph (B); and

(ii)

to prevent duplication in benefits received under this paragraph.

; and

(2)

in subsection (n)—

(A)

by striking and (6) and inserting (6); and

(B)

by striking the period at the end and inserting ; and (7) the plans of the State for using the alternative options for program delivery described in subsection (a)(13), if applicable..