Text: H.R.3492 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (06/25/2019)


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 3492


To amend the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to make a permanent program for the procurement of unprocessed fruits and vegetables to provide healthier school meals, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 25, 2019

Mr. Welch introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor


A BILL

To amend the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to make a permanent program for the procurement of unprocessed fruits and vegetables to provide healthier school meals, and for other purposes.

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 “Local School Foods Expansion Act of 2019”.

SEC. 2. Helping schools serve healthier meals.

Section 6(f) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1755(f)) is amended—

(1) in the heading, by striking “Pilot project for procurement of unprocessed fruits and vegetables” and inserting “Program for procurement of domestically grown unprocessed fruits and vegetables”;

(2) by striking “pilot project” each place it appears and inserting “program”;

(3) by amending paragraph (1) to read as follows:

“(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary shall carry out a program to facilitate the procurement of domestically grown unprocessed fruits and vegetables in not fewer than 15 States receiving funds under this Act.”;

(4) in paragraph (2), by inserting “domestically grown” before “unprocessed”;

(5) in paragraph (5)—

(A) in the heading, by striking “and reporting requirements” and inserting “, reporting requirements, and evaluations”;

(B) in subparagraph (B)—

(i) in clause (i), by striking “and” at the end;

(ii) in clause (ii), by striking the period and inserting “; and”; and

(iii) by adding at the end the following:

“(iii) the challenges and opportunities presented by the program, as assessed by the State.”; and

(C) by adding at the end the following:

“(C) PROGRAM EVALUATION.—

“(i) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 2 years after the date of the enactment of this subparagraph, the Secretary shall evaluate the impact of the program, including information on—

“(I) the quantity and cost of each type of unprocessed fruit and vegetable procured by each State under the program;

“(II) the benefit of such procurement in conducting school food service in each State, including meeting school meal requirements; and

“(III) the economic impact the program has had on agricultural producers in each State.

“(ii) REPORT.—Not later than 4 years after the date of enactment of this subparagraph, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Agriculture of the House Representatives and the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry of the Senate a report that includes the results and an analysis of the evaluation required under clause (i).”; and

(6) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

“(6) FUNDING.—

“(A) MANDATORY FUNDING.—There is appropriated to carry out this section $15,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2020 through 2024.

“(B) RESERVATION.—Of the funds appropriated under subparagraph (A) for a fiscal year, $10,000,000 shall be reserved for States selected pursuant to paragraph (1) to carry out State program administration and provide technical assistance and outreach to vendors to become certified to participate in the program under this section.

“(C) MINIMUM ALLOTMENT.—Of the funds reserved under subparagraph (B), each State selected pursuant to paragraph (1) shall receive not less than $300,000 for each fiscal year during which such State participates in the program under this section.”.