Bill Text: NH SB82 | 2019 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Relative to school food and nutrition programs.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 7-1)

Status: (Engrossed) 2019-05-15 - Division II & III Work Session: 05/21/2019 11:30 am Legislative Office Building 210-211 [SB82 Detail]

Download: New_Hampshire-2019-SB82-Introduced.html

SB 82-FN - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2019 SESSION

19-0836

06/04

 

SENATE BILL 82-FN

 

AN ACT relative to school food and nutrition programs.

 

SPONSORS: Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21; Sen. Hennessey, Dist 5; Sen. Levesque, Dist 12; Sen. Kahn, Dist 10; Sen. Cavanaugh, Dist 16; Rep. K. Murray, Rock. 24; Rep. Wallner, Merr. 10; Rep. Weyler, Rock. 13

 

COMMITTEE: Finance

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires schools to make at least one free or reduced cost meal available to children who meet federal eligibility guidelines.  The bill also directs the department of education to request an appropriation sufficient to provide a free breakfast to students eligible for reduced cost meals.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

19-0836

06/04

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT relative to school food and nutrition programs.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  School Boards; Food and Nutrition Programs.  Amend RSA 189:11-a, I to read as follows:

I.  Each school board shall make [a] at least one meal available during school hours to every pupil under its jurisdiction.  Such meals shall be served without cost or at a reduced cost to any [needy] child who [is unable to pay the full cost of said meals] meets federal income eligibility guidelines.  The state board of education shall [insure] ensure compliance with this section and shall establish minimum nutritional standards for such meals [and shall further establish] as well as income guidelines [setting forth] set for the [minimum] family size [annual income levels to be] used in determining eligibility for free and reduced price meals.  Nothing in this section shall prohibit the operation of both a breakfast and lunch program in the same school.  [Further any requirement of this section which conflicts with any federal statute or regulation may be waived by the state board of education.]

2  School Boards; Food and Nutrition Programs.  Amend RSA 189:11-a, VII(b) to read as follows:

(b)  Such school which demonstrates to the department of education that an approved school wellness policy, as required under the [Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004] Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, Public Law 111-296, and the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, 42 U.S.C. section 1758b is in effect, and that such school is providing breakfast meals to pupils that meet or exceed the United States Department of Agriculture's child nutrition criteria may apply for and receive a 3 cent reimbursement for each breakfast meal served to a pupil.  The department of education shall request biennial appropriations in an amount sufficient to meet projected school breakfast reimbursements.  The department of education shall prescribe forms as necessary under this paragraph.  

(c)  In addition to current additional $.03 state reimbursement for each breakfast served to all students, the department of education shall request biennial appropriations equal to the difference between the reduced and free federal reimbursement rates for breakfast, thus ensuring students eligible for reduced price meals are offered breakfast at no cost.

3  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.

 

LBAO

19-0836

1/15/19

 

SB 82-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT relative to school food and nutrition programs.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [    ] County               [    ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

   Appropriation

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

$370,234

$381,315

$392,785

$404,546

Funding Source:

  [ X ] General            [    ] Education            [    ] Highway           [    ] Other

 

 

 

 

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill requires schools to make at least one free or reduced cost meal available to children who meet federal eligibility guidelines.  To pay for this requirement, the Department of Education is required to request a state appropriation to provide a free breakfast to students eligible for reduced cost meals.  In order to estimate the expenditures required of the Department to provide a free breakfast to eligible students each school day, the following assumptions were made:

  • the out-of-pocket household cost for a reduced breakfast is $0.30;
  • the state currently funds $0.03 for every breakfast served at a school;
  • all 7,618 reduced price meal students in New Hampshire will participate every school day in a breakfast program for a total of 180 school days in a year; and
  • the total number of reduced price meal students will increase 3% annually, based on the Center for Disease Control projections for different age groups.

Fiscal Year

Impact To State Expenditures

FY 2020

(7,618 students X $0.27 X 180 days) = $370,235

FY 2021

(7,846 students X $0.27 X 180 days) = $381,315

FY 2022

(8,082 students X $0.27 X 180 days) = $392,785

FY 2023

(8,324 students X $0.27 X 180 days) = $404,546

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of Education

 

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