Featured Hunger, Students, & School Bills
LD 174: An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Ending Hunger by 2030 Advisory Group. This bill proposes to implement the recommendations of the advisory group assembled pursuant to Resolve 2019, chapter 32 to end hunger in Maine by 2030. Rep. Bill Pluecker, Sponsor. Cosponsored by Senator MAXMIN, C. of Lincoln, Representative LANDRY, S. of Farmington, Representative MCCREA, D. of Fort Fairfield, Representative O'NEIL, M. of Saco.Work Session before Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, 10:30am Feb. 16th.
LD262:"An Act To Combat Hunger by Creating a Tax Credit of 10 Percent of Wholesale Market Prices up to $5,000 Annually for Businesses Engaged in Food Production for Donations of Food to Tax-exempt Organizations" Sponsored by Representative Tiffany Roberts Cosponsors: Rep. COLLINGS of Portland, Sen. DAUGHTRY of Cumberland, Rep. HALL of Wilton. Rep. MATLACK of St. George, Sen. MAXMIN of Lincoln, Rep. McDONALD of Stonington , Rep. MEYER of Eliot , Rep. PLUECKER of Warren , Rep. TERRY of Gorham Referred to Committee on Taxation
The Bills below were introduced with key support from Full Plates Full Potential that works to break down the barriers to food access that often exist in schools by empowering them to change the way they serve their meals and making food more accessible to hungry kids. Check back on the list linked above to find the LD# once it is published.
An Act To Address Student Hunger through a Universal Free School Meals Program The State of Maine would contribute funding to cover the cost of paid students in the School Breakfast and National School Lunch programs, so that all students in Maine can access school meal programs without cost. Pres. Troy Jackson.sponsor
An Act to Encourage the Purchase of Local Foods for Public Schools Expand the Local Produce Fund Program to allow schools to source local food via other sources, instead of only directly from farms. Increase the cap on reimbursement from DOE to encourage more local purchasing. Expand the options beyond produce to include other local foods. Sen. Eloise Vitelli, sponsor
LD 362: Resolve, To Require the Department of Education To Form a Family Income Data Collection Working Group Convene a legislative work group to examine alternative ways for schools to collect income data from families. Rep. Michael Brennan, sponsor
An Act To Provide Equity in Access to Applications for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program Create a statewide school meal benefit online application, housed on the Department of Education’s website, so families can easily apply for school meals online. The data submitted via the application would not be visible to the Department of Education, but would be transferred directly to local districts. Sen. Eloise Vitelli, sponsor
An Act To Require at Least a 30-minute Lunch Period for Students
Require Maine schools to allow at least 30 minutes seated time for National School Lunch Program Rep. Jan Dodge, sponsor