Senator M. TERESA RUIZ
District 29 (Essex)
Senator SHIRLEY K. TURNER
District 15 (Hunterdon and Mercer)
Assemblywoman PAMELA R. LAMPITT
District 6 (Burlington and Camden)
Assemblywoman PATRICIA EGAN JONES
District 5 (Camden and Gloucester)
Assemblyman BENJIE E. WIMBERLY
District 35 (Bergen and Passaic)
Assemblywomen Vainieri Huttle, Mosquera, Timberlake, Murphy, Pinkin, Tucker, Assemblyman Houghtaling and Assemblywoman Downey
Requires certain school districts to submit report on nonparticipation in “Community Eligibility Provision” of National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
An Act concerning school meal programs and supplementing chapter 33 of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. a. Every school district in which there is at least one school that qualifies for the Community Eligibility Provision, but is not implementing it, shall report the reasons therefor in writing to the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Education in the manner prescribed by those departments. The report shall include, but need not be limited to, a description of the specific impediments at the school district to implementing the program, the specific actions that could be taken to remove those impediments, and the specific steps required to successfully implement the program in the following school year.
b. The Department of Agriculture, in consultation with the Department of Education, shall adopt, pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), such rules and regulations as may be necessary to effectuate the purposes of this act.
c. As used in this section, “Community Eligibility Provision” means a federal reimbursement alternative for eligible, high-poverty local educational agencies and schools participating in both the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program which is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and administered by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture in accordance with the requirements set forth in federal regulations at 7 CFR Part 245.
2. This act shall take effect immediately.
This bill requires every school district in which there is at least one school that qualifies for the Community Eligibility Provision, but is not implementing it, to report the reasons for nonparticipation in writing to the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Education.
The “Community Eligibility Provision” (CEP) is a federally funded reimbursement alternative for eligible, high-poverty local educational agencies and schools participating in both the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. The CEP allows the nation’s highest poverty schools and school districts to serve breakfast and lunch at no cost to all enrolled students without collecting individual household applications.