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AB-839 Pupil nutrition: federal School Breakfast Program participation.(2011-2012)



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SECTION 1.
 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) Children who eat breakfast have more healthful diets, consuming more micronutrients and nutrient-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, and milk, compared to children who do not eat breakfast.
(b) Research shows that breakfasts served at school are often more nutritious than breakfasts served at home or elsewhere.
(c) Pupils who eat breakfast demonstrate better cognitive performance and improved academic achievement.
(d) Pupils who participate in the federal School Breakfast Program are more likely to have a healthier body weight than nonparticipants.
(e) Effective school breakfast delivery models, like Classroom Breakfast, have been shown to improve the learning environment for all pupils by decreasing pupil absenteeism, tardiness, reports of stomachache and headache, and disciplinary issues.
(f) Alternative delivery models, such as Classroom Breakfast and Second Chance Breakfast, have been shown to significantly improve school breakfast participation and yield fiscal benefits.
(g) Over 750 public schools in California do not offer the federal School Breakfast Program.
(h) The 91 percent of public schools in California that do offer the federal School Breakfast Program fail to reach 2.3 million of the state’s low-income public school pupils.
(i) If participation in the federal School Breakfast Program matched participation in the federal National School Lunch Program among low-income pupils, California’s public schools would receive an additional $350 million in federal meal reimbursements.
(j) Through the state-mandated, school district governing board approved, consolidation application, many school district governing boards meet annually to address the number of low-income pupils they serve. This process presents an excellent opportunity for school district governing boards to discuss the federal School Breakfast Program and its potential to support these same pupils.
(k) Both the federal School Breakfast Program and the consolidated application enable school districts to draw on funds designated to serve low-income pupils. Integrating consideration of the federal School Breakfast Program into the school district governing board’s approval of the consolidated application will help school districts maximize federal funds harnessed through the federal School Breakfast Program without delaying or undermining access to categorical funds through the consolidated application.
(l) Given the health, academic, and fiscal benefits of school breakfast, all school districts should assess the opportunities for implementing school breakfast at sites not operating the federal School Breakfast Program and improving school breakfast at sites with low rates of participation in the federal School Breakfast Program.

SEC. 2.

 Section 49550.4 is added to the Education Code, to read:

49550.4.
 (a) To increase access to, and participation in, the federal School Breakfast Program, school districts that elect to apply for funding pursuant to Section 64000 shall, in the process of the school district governing board approving the required application, use data required in the application, specifically, the number of pupils eligible for free and reduced-price meals, to assess and discuss, in a regularly scheduled public school district governing board meeting to review and consider approval of the required application, each of the following that applies:
(1) Access to the federal School Breakfast Program. Specifically, the school district governing board shall identify the number of pupils who are determined to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals and attend a school that does not operate the federal School Breakfast Program. The school district governing board shall include in the application required by subdivision (b) of Section 64000 a statement that does both of the following:
(A) Affirms which schools not operating the federal School Breakfast Program will continue not to operate the program and articulates the reasons for continued nonoperation of the program at these schools.
(B) Indicates which schools not operating the federal School Breakfast Program will begin to operate the program and provides a date of program implementation for each of these schools.
(2) Participation in the federal School Breakfast Program. Specifically, the school district governing board shall do all of the following:
(A) Use existing data that is regularly collected for purposes of claiming school meal reimbursements to identify schoolsites within the school district that have low participation in the federal School Breakfast Program. For purposes of this subdivision, school sites with low participation in the federal School Breakfast Program are those in which either of the following applies:
(i) Average daily participation of free- and reduced-price-meal-eligible pupils in the federal School Breakfast Program is not more than 20 percent of the average daily participation of free- and reduced-price-meal-eligible pupils in the federal National School Lunch Program.
(ii) Average daily participation of free- and reduced-price-meal-eligible pupils in the federal School Breakfast Program is not more than 15 percent of the number of enrolled pupils who are determined to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals.
(B) Consider options, including, but not limited to, alternative service locations, service times, and payment structures for operating the federal School Breakfast Program.
(C) Include in the application required by subdivision (b) of Section 64000 a statement that does both of the following:
(i) Indicates which schools within the school district that operate a federal School Breakfast Program with low participation will continue the program without operational changes, including, but not limited to, changes in service locations, service times, or payment structures, and articulates the reasons and fiscal analyses for not making these changes to the program.
(ii) Indicates which schools within the school district that operate a federal School Breakfast Program with low participation will implement operational changes to the program and provides a date of implementation for those changes.
(b) This section shall remain in effect until January 1, 2017, or three years after changes are made to the application required by subdivision (b) of Section 64000 to include the information regarding the federal School Breakfast Program required pursuant to this section, whichever is later. As of that date, this section is repealed, unless a later enacted statute that is enacted before January 1, 2017, or three years after those changes are made, whichever is later, deletes or extends that date.