HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3129        FILED ON: 1/18/2019

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 556

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Smitty Pignatelli

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act establishing farm to school grants to promote healthy eating and strengthen the agricultural economy.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Date Added:

Smitty Pignatelli

4th Berkshire

1/18/2019

Josh S. Cutler

6th Plymouth

1/24/2019

Ann-Margaret Ferrante

5th Essex

1/25/2019

John Barrett, III

1st Berkshire

1/25/2019

Steven S. Howitt

4th Bristol

1/25/2019

Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden

1/28/2019

Natalie M. Blais

1st Franklin

1/28/2019

Bradford Hill

4th Essex

1/28/2019

Diana DiZoglio

First Essex

1/28/2019

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

1/29/2019

Susan Williams Gifford

2nd Plymouth

1/29/2019

Rady Mom

18th Middlesex

1/29/2019

Lindsay N. Sabadosa

1st Hampshire

1/29/2019

Lenny Mirra

2nd Essex

1/29/2019

Dylan A. Fernandes

Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket

1/29/2019

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

1/30/2019

Paul W. Mark

2nd Berkshire

1/30/2019

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

1/30/2019

Mathew J. Muratore

1st Plymouth

1/30/2019

Angelo L. D'Emilia

8th Plymouth

1/30/2019

Marjorie C. Decker

25th Middlesex

1/31/2019

Dean A. Tran

Worcester and Middlesex

1/31/2019

Alice Hanlon Peisch

14th Norfolk

1/31/2019

Peter Capano

11th Essex

2/1/2019

Daniel Cahill

10th Essex

2/1/2019

Natalie M. Higgins

4th Worcester

2/1/2019

Hannah Kane

11th Worcester

2/1/2019

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

2/1/2019

Nika C. Elugardo

15th Suffolk

2/1/2019

James M. Kelcourse

1st Essex

2/1/2019

David Henry Argosky LeBoeuf

17th Worcester

2/1/2019

Brendan P. Crighton

Third Essex

2/1/2019

 



HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3129        FILED ON: 1/18/2019

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 556

By Mr. Pignatelli of Lee, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 556) of Smitty Pignatelli and others for legislation to establish a farm to school grants program within the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to promote healthy eating and strengthen the agricultural economy.  Education.

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Ninety-First General Court
(2019-2020)

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An Act establishing farm to school grants to promote healthy eating and strengthen the agricultural economy.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

SECTION 1. Chapter 69 of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding, at the end thereof, the following section:-

Section 37. (a) The department shall operate a competitive grant program called the Massachusetts Farm to School Grant Program with the purpose of strengthening the Massachusetts food economy and improving student health and nutrition. The purpose of the program is to build the capacity of primary and secondary public schools to purchase ingredients grown and produced in Massachusetts, prepare scratch-cooked meals and educate students about the food system.

(b) To be eligible for grant funding the department shall require that applicants: (1) be a public school located in the commonwealth; (2) have not less than forty percent of students who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals under the federally-funded school meals program; and (3) include with their application a letter of agreement with a Massachusetts farmer, fisherman, or distributor of Massachusetts farm or seafood products that indicates an existing or anticipated relationship for procuring food, and an estimated annual dollar value of those purchases.

(c) The program shall provide, subject to appropriation, funding for the following priorities, in order of importance: (1) adequate kitchen equipment used to prepare food for serving in school meals and snacks including but not limited to local, fresh produce, meats, seafood, and dairy items; (2) training school kitchen staff in preparing fresh meals using local ingredients and in procuring such ingredients, and for training educators and other school staff in adding or integrating food system lessons to their curriculum; and (3) infrastructure and programming for curricular and extracurricular activities for students to learn about agriculture and the food system.

(d) Up to fifteen percent of the funds in each grant may be used for the purchase of foods raised, grown or produced in Massachusetts, provided that preparation and consumption of these foods relates to the primary grant activity or expenditure.

(e) The department shall promulgate regulations or guidelines to implement the program established pursuant to section 37A of chapter 69 of the General Laws, as appearing in section 1 above.