SENATE DOCKET, NO. 519        FILED ON: 2/1/2021

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 314

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Sal N. DiDomenico

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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 relative to universal school meals.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

 

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk

 

Mathew J. Muratore

1st Plymouth

2/2/2021

Steven Ultrino

33rd Middlesex

2/2/2021

Mike Connolly

26th Middlesex

2/2/2021

Jack Patrick Lewis

7th Middlesex

2/2/2021

Paul R. Feeney

Bristol and Norfolk

2/2/2021

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

2/2/2021

Kenneth I. Gordon

21st Middlesex

2/3/2021

Joanne M. Comerford

Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester

2/3/2021

Bradford Hill

4th Essex

2/3/2021

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

2/5/2021

Jason M. Lewis

Fifth Middlesex

2/5/2021

Joseph A. Boncore

First Suffolk and Middlesex

2/5/2021

Anne M. Gobi

Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex

2/5/2021

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

2/9/2021

Susannah M. Whipps

2nd Franklin

2/9/2021

Brendan P. Crighton

Third Essex

2/12/2021

Walter F. Timilty

Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth

2/12/2021

Jessica Ann Giannino

16th Suffolk

2/12/2021

Rob Consalvo

14th Suffolk

2/17/2021

Carmine Lawrence Gentile

13th Middlesex

2/23/2021

Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester

2/25/2021

Joan B. Lovely

Second Essex

2/25/2021

Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

12th Hampden

2/25/2021

Mark C. Montigny

Second Bristol and Plymouth

3/2/2021

Daniel J. Ryan

2nd Suffolk

3/4/2021

Patrick M. O'Connor

Plymouth and Norfolk

3/4/2021

Michael D. Brady

Second Plymouth and Bristol

3/8/2021

Joseph W. McGonagle, Jr.

28th Middlesex

3/8/2021

John F. Keenan

Norfolk and Plymouth

3/12/2021

Eric P. Lesser

First Hampden and Hampshire

3/12/2021

Susan L. Moran

Plymouth and Barnstable

3/15/2021

Adam Gomez

Hampden

3/31/2021

Erika Uyterhoeven

27th Middlesex

3/31/2021

Adam J. Scanlon

14th Bristol

4/14/2021

Julian Cyr

Cape and Islands

4/15/2021

Adam G. Hinds

Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden

4/21/2021

Rebecca L. Rausch

Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex

5/17/2021

Harriette L. Chandler

First Worcester

6/23/2021

Nick Collins

First Suffolk

7/8/2021


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 519        FILED ON: 2/1/2021

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 314

By Mr. DiDomenico, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 314) of Sal N. DiDomenico, Mathew J. Muratore, Steven Ultrino, Mike Connolly and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to universal school meals.  Education.

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Ninety-Second General Court
(2021-2022)

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An Act relative to universal school meals.

 

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. Section 1C of Chapter 69 of the General Law, as appearing in the 2018 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the third paragraph the following:- “The board shall require all schools providing school lunch as provided in the National School Lunch Act as amended or school breakfast as provided in the National Child Nutrition Act as amended, to make breakfast and lunch available at no charge to each attending student. Schools shall maximize access to federal funds for the cost of school breakfast and lunch programs by adopting the federal Community Eligibility Provision, Provision 2, or other provisions under these acts.

To the extent that costs are not reimbursed through federal funds the cost of making available school lunches and breakfasts shall be borne by the department of elementary and secondary education. The department shall reimburse the difference between the amount paid by the United States Department of Agriculture and the free rate as set annually by the United States Secretary of Agriculture under 42 U.S.C. 1759a for each school.

The department, in consultation with the department of transitional assistance, shall promulgate regulations for schools to promote the supplemental nutrition assistance program to families by either providing application assistance or a direct referral to an outreach partner identified by the department of transitional assistance or department of elementary and secondary education.”

SECTION 2:  Sections under this act shall take effect on July 1, 2022.