AN ACT FURTHER REGULATING CERTAIN MEAL PROGRAMS FOR ELDERLY PERSONS.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
Chapter 15 of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out section
1L, as most recently amended by section 8 of chapter 354 of the acts of
1978, and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
The school committee of any city or town with the approval of the
commissioner of education may extend the school lunch period for the purpose of
serving lunches to authorized elderly persons. Independent schools in
any city or town so approved may also participate.
The governing body of each city and town shall be responsible for
developing a plan for a year-round hot lunch program for the elderly.
The bureau of nutrition education and school food services in the
department of education may contract with nonprofit public or private
agencies and independent and public school systems for the preparation and
serving of meals to the elderly in
accordance with the provisions of this section.
Such meals may be prepared by schools and
served on site or be prepared in central production centers for service at sites
more convenient to the elderly.
The operation of such school lunch programs by public or independent
schools shall be subject to
the following conditions and restrictions:
(1) The charge to such persons for each lunch shall not exceed fifty
(2) The lunches served shall meet the nutritional standards
established in accordance with Title III of the Older Americans Act of 1965, as amended.
(3) The procedures determined by each designated school committee or
independent school in serving such lunches shall be approved by the
bureau of nutrition education and school food services in the department of education.
As used in this section, the words "authorized elderly persons" shall
mean persons sixty years of age and over and their spouses. Subject to
appropriation, the commonwealth may reimburse any city, town, or regional
public or independent school system or any public or private nonprofit
agency for such costs as are incurred in excess of fifty cents for each
such lunch prepared and served, upon written request by such city, town, or
regional public or independent school system or any public or private
nonprofit agency to the commissioner
of education on such form as he may prescribe. If the commissioner
approves such request, he shall certify to the comptroller that such
paymemts are due and the state treasurer shall pay the same. Any federal
funds provided annually for the purposes of this program shall be expended
prior to the use of any funds appropriated by the commonwealth.