Summary: S.2156 — 100th Congress (1987-1988)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed Senate amended (05/27/1988)

(Measure passed Senate, amended)

Amends the National School Lunch Act to require that eligibility for free lunches under the school lunch program be based on the nonfarm income poverty guidelines prescribed by the Office of Management and Budget.

Directs the Secretary of Agriculture (the Secretary), when paying cash to school districts for losses resulting from a change in methodology in a study of alternatives under the commodity distribution program, to base calculation of such losses on the actual amount of assistance received under the National School Lunch Act during the 1981-1982 school year (including assistance in the form of additional commodities or of cash or commodity letters of credit). Repeals a limitation on the authorization of appropriations for such compensation. Requires eligible school districts to submit loss claims within one year after enactment of this Act. Directs the Secretary to complete action on any such claim within 45 days after receipt.

Amends the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 to revise provisions relating to the allocation of funds under the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program. Permits State agencies, following implementation of an approved cost-saving strategy, to convert additional funds initially allocated for program food purchases to nutrition services and administration funds. Limits such additional converted funds to an amount sufficient to ensure no more than a two percent annual decrease in the administrative grant per person if a larger decrease would otherwise result from increased program participation due to the State's cost-saving system. Limits supplemental foods expenditures during the succeeding fiscal year, under an approved cost-savings strategy, to not more than five percent of the supplemental foods funds allocated to an agency in the fiscal year in which the system is implemented.