Other Bill co-sponsors: Representative Espaillat, Omar, Sewell and Trahan
Creates a new Federal grant program that provides grants to State libraries to allow schools with summer lunch programs to keep their libraries open for student use during the summer months
State libraries that already provide lunch programs and where at least 50% of students read below grade level or are at risk of reading below grade level are eligible to apply
Establishes $25 million grant program (funded at $5 million for each of the fiscal years 2020 through
2024) to keep libraries open at summer meal sites to help close the achievement gap for low-income students
Help more children access healthy food by lowering the threshold to allow areas with 40 percent or more of students receiving free or reduced lunch to be eligible for the program, rather than the current threshold of 50 percent. This would make the meals programs consistent with the eligibility for summer learning programs provided through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative.
Reduce the paperwork burden for meal program sponsors who want to participate in the program by streamlining the application process for programs operating year round.
Improve nutrition in rural, underserved, and hard to reach areas by providing transportation grants for underserved areas to get children to summer meal sites and by promoting innovative ways to increase children’s access to summer meals, such as through mobile meal trucks.
Offer sites the option of serving two meals and a snack or three meals to children who attend evening enrichment programs during the school year and summer months.
Allow Summer Nutrition Program providers to serve food to children after emergencies or disasters and be reimbursed if the meals are taken offsite.
Past Federal Legislation
The Network for Youth Success has supported several pieces of federal legislation that would increase access to high-quality afterschool programs.
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