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Introduced in Senate (05/06/2009)


111th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 990


To amend the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to expand access to healthy afterschool meals for school children in working families.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 6, 2009

Ms. Stabenow (for herself, Mr. Lugar, and Mr. Sanders) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry


A BILL

To amend the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to expand access to healthy afterschool meals for school children in working families.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Afterschool Flexibility to Expand Reimbursement for School Meals Act of 2009” or the “AFTERSchool Meals Act of 2009”.

SEC. 2. Program for at-risk school children.

Section 17(r)(5) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1766(r)(5)) is amended—

(1) by striking “The Secretary” and inserting the following:

    “(A) IN GENERAL.—Except as provided in subparagraph (B), the Secretary”; and

(2) by adding at the end the following:

    “(B) PROGRAM EXPANSION.—Beginning with the first full school year after the date of enactment of the Afterschool Flexibility to Expand Reimbursement for School Meals Act of 2009, the Secretary shall expand reimbursement under this subsection for meals served under a program to institutions located in any State that elects to participate under this subsection.”.

SEC. 3. Meals and meal supplements for children in afterschool care.

Section 17A of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1766a) is amended—

(1) in the section heading, by striking “Meal supplements” and inserting “Meals and meal supplements”;

(2) in subsection (a)(1), by striking “meal supplements” and inserting “meals and meal supplements”;

(3) in subsection (b), by inserting “reimbursed under subsection (c) and meals reimbursed under subsection (e)” after “supplements”;

(4) in subsection (d), by striking the subsection heading and all that follows through “The requirements” and inserting the following:

“(d) Contents of meals and meal supplements.—

“(1) MEALS.—The Secretary shall prescribe requirements for contents of meals served under subsection (e).

“(2) MEAL SUPPLEMENTS.—The requirements”; and

(5) by adding at the end the following:

“(e) Meal reimbursement.—

“(1) REQUIREMENTS.—

“(A) IN GENERAL.—An eligible elementary or secondary school may claim reimbursement under this section only for 1 meal per child per day served under a program organized primarily to provide care to at-risk school children (as defined in section 17(r)(1)) during after-school hours, weekends, or holidays during the regular school year.

“(B) RATES.—A meal shall be reimbursed under this subsection at the rate established for free lunches and suppers under section 17(c).

“(C) NO CHARGE.—A meal claimed for reimbursement under this subsection shall be served without charge.

“(2) LIMITATION.—The Secretary shall limit reimbursement under this subsection for meals served under a program to eligible schools located in the States described in section 17(r)(5).

“(3) GRANT PROGRAM.—

“(A) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary shall carry out a program under which the Secretary shall award 1-year grants to States described in section 17(r)(5) to encourage schools and institutions in the States to participate in the programs under this section and section 17(r).

“(B) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.—There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary to carry out this paragraph.”.