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S.3144 - A bill to amend the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to improve the health and well-being of school children, and for other purposes.
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. PURPOSE.
The purpose of this Act is to establish a national strategy to improve the nutritional quality of meals served by schools participating in the national school lunch and breakfast programs by increasing access to and the consumption of fruits and vegetables by children enrolled in the schools through--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) expanding the quantity of fruits and vegetables purchased by the Secretary for use in school meals, emphasizing fruits and vegetables that are popular with students;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(C) to meet the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans published under section 301 of the National Nutrition Monitoring and Related Research Act of 1990 (
SEC. 3. DEFINITION.
SEC. 4. INCREASING ACCESS TO FRUITS AND VEGETABLES IN SCHOOL CAFETERIAS.
(2) in subsection (g), by striking ‘(g) Access to Local Foods and School Gardens- ’ and all that follows through ‘(3) PILOT PROGRAM FOR HIGH-POVERTY SCHOOLS- ’ and inserting the following:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(1) DEFINITION OF ELIGIBLE SCHOOL- In this subsection, the term ‘eligible school’ means a school or institution that participates in a program under this Act or the school breakfast program established under section 4 of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (
42 U.S.C. 1773).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(2) PROGRAM- The Secretary shall carry out a program to assist eligible schools, State and local agencies, Indian tribal organizations, agricultural producers or groups of agricultural producers, and nonprofit entities through grants and technical assistance to implement farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(A) IN GENERAL- The Federal share of costs for a project funded through a grant awarded under this subsection shall not exceed 75 percent of the total cost of the project.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(B) FEDERAL MATCHING- As a condition of receiving a grant under this subsection, a grant recipient shall provide matching support in the form of cash or in-kind contributions, including facilities, equipment, or services provided by State and local governments, nonprofit organizations, and private sources.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(5) CRITERIA FOR SELECTION- To the maximum extent practicable, in providing assistance under this subsection, the Secretary shall give the highest priority to funding projects that, as determined by the Secretary--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(D) incorporate experiential nutrition education activities in curriculum planning that encourage the participation of school children in farm and garden-based agricultural education activities;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(6) EVALUATION- As a condition of receiving a grant under this subsection, each grant recipient shall agree to cooperate in an evaluation by the Secretary of the program carried out using grant funds.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(7) TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE- The Secretary shall provide technical assistance and information to assist eligible schools, State and local agencies, Indian tribal organizations, and nonprofit entities--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(A) IN GENERAL- On October 1, 2010, out of any funds in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, the Secretary of the Treasury shall transfer to the Secretary to carry out this subsection $50,000,000, to remain available until expended.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(B) RECEIPT AND ACCEPTANCE- The Secretary shall be entitled to receive, shall accept, and shall use to carry out this subsection the funds transferred under subparagraph (A), without further appropriation.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of the Healthy Food in Schools Act of 2010, the Secretary shall carry out a plan to promote the use of salad bars or fruit and vegetable bars in schools participating in the school lunch program established under this Act (referred to in this subsection as ‘the plan’).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(A) IN GENERAL- In carrying out the plan, the Secretary shall provide training and technical assistance to State educational agencies and schools on the best manner in which to offer salad bars or fruit and vegetable bars.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(B) COMPREHENSIVE GUIDANCE- In providing the training and technical assistance described in subparagraph (A), the Secretary may use relevant guidance provided in the publication of the Secretary entitled ‘Fruits and Vegetables Galore: Helping Kids Eat More’ and dated 2004.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(A) IN GENERAL- In carrying out the plan, the Secretary shall develop a program to provide grants to State educational agencies to encourage schools to purchase equipment and modify facilities for the purpose of setting up and operating salad bars or fruit and vegetable bars.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(C) APPLICATION- To receive a grant under this subsection, a State educational agency shall submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(D) STATE EDUCATIONAL AGENCY REQUIRED USES OF FUNDS- As a condition on the receipt of a grant under this subsection, each State educational agency that receives a grant shall agree--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(A) MANDATORY FUNDING- On October 1, 2010, and October 1, 2011, out of any funds in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, the Secretary of the Treasury shall transfer to the Secretary to carry out this section $10,000,000, to remain available until expended.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(B) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS- In addition to the amounts provided under subparagraph (A), there are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this subsection such sums as are necessary, to remain available until expended.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 5. IDENTIFYING AND REMOVING BARRIERS TO THE PURCHASE OF PERISHABLE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES.
(a) In General- Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall carry out a plan to identify and remove barriers to the equitable purchase of fruits and vegetables in the procurement and distribution systems administered by the Secretary, acting through the Administrator of the Agricultural Marketing Service.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(b) Procurement and Distribution Systems Included- In developing the plan under subsection (a), the Secretary shall identify and remove barriers to the equitable purchase of fruits and vegetables at all levels of the procurement and distribution systems, including any barriers related to the initial surveys, bidding, transportation, handling, storage, and delivery to schools.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) Evaluation and Report- Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a report containing recommendations to reduce or eliminate the barriers identified under subsection (a).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 6. BEST PRACTICES TO IMPROVE EFFECTIVENESS OF FRESH FRUIT AND VEGETABLE PROGRAM.
‘(A) IN GENERAL- Of funds made available to carry out this section for a fiscal year, the Secretary may use not more than $500,000 for the administrative costs of carrying out the program, including--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(i) carrying out national and regional training conferences that emphasize sharing best practices, including conferences intended to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables in other school meals programs; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 7. IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF SCHOOL MEALS.
Not later than October 20, 2011, the Secretary shall promulgate a final rule updating the nutrition standards and meal requirements for school meal programs in a manner consistent with the findings of the review conducted by the Institute of Medicine and published in the document entitled ‘School Meals: Building Blocks for Healthy Children’ and dated October 20, 2009.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 8. EQUIPMENT ASSISTANCE GRANTS.
(a) Definition of Equipment- In this section, the term ‘equipment’ means any equipment needed to prepare, process, and store food for the school lunch program established under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (
(b) Grants- From the amounts made available under subsection (g), the Secretary shall provide funds to States in accordance with the allocation formula described in subsection (d).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) Purpose- As a condition on the receipt of funds, each State that receives funds under this section shall award grants on a competitive basis to school food authorities to assist with the purchase of equipment for schools participating in the school lunch program established under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (
(1) IN GENERAL- From the amounts made available under subsection (g), the Secretary shall allocate funds to States in a manner proportional with the administrative expense allocation of each State under section 7(a)(2) of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (
(2) REALLOCATION- If a State does not receive funds under this subsection, the Secretary shall reallocate the funds that would have been allocated to that State to other States in such amounts as the Secretary determines appropriate.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) STATES- To be eligible to receive funding under this section, a State shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) SCHOOL FOOD AUTHORITIES- To be eligible to receive a grant described in subsection (c), a school food authority shall submit an application to the applicable State at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the State may require, including assurances that the school food authority serves schools that have a need for equipment assistance.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(f) Priority- In awarding grants described in subsection (c), a State shall give priority to school food authorities that have jurisdiction over schools in which not less than 50 percent of the students are eligible for free or reduced price lunches under the school lunch program established under Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (
(g) Funding- On October 1, 2010, out of any funds in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, the Secretary of the Treasury shall transfer to the Secretary to carry out this section $100,000,000, to remain available until expended.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 9. BUDGETARY EFFECTS.
The budgetary effects of this Act, for the purpose of complying with the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010, shall be determined by reference to the latest statement titled ‘Budgetary Effects of PAYGO Legislation’ for this Act, submitted for printing in the Congressional Record by the Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, provided that such statement has been submitted prior to the vote on passage.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink