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AB-453 Postsecondary education: student hunger.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 05/27/2017 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  May 26, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 27, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 23, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 453


Introduced by Assembly Member Limón
(Coauthor: Senator Wiener)

February 13, 2017


An act to add and repeal Section 66027.8 to of the Education Code, relating to postsecondary education.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 453, as amended, Limón. Postsecondary education: student hunger.
Under existing law, the 3 segments of public postsecondary education in this state are the University of California, under the administration of the Regents of the University of California, the California State University, under the administration of the Trustees of the California State University, and the California Community Colleges, under the administration of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. Existing law, known as the Donahoe Higher Education Act, establishes the missions and functions of these segments. The provisions of the Donahoe Higher Education Act apply to the University of California only to the extent that the Regents of the University of California, by resolution, make them applicable.
This bill would require the trustees and the governing board of participating community college districts, and would encourage the regents, to designate as a “hunger free campus” each of its respective campuses that meet specified criteria. The Upon appropriation by the Legislature, the bill would would, commencing with the 2018–19 academic year, provide that each campus that receives the designation shall receive a funding incentive. The bill would repeal its provisions on January 1, 2022.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 66027.8 is added to the Education Code, to read:

66027.8.
 (a) For the purposes of this section, “program” means a student meal plan donation program.
(b) The Trustees of the California State University shall, and the Regents of the University of California are encouraged to, designate as a “hunger free campus” each of its respective campuses that have all of the following:
(1) A campus employee designated to help ensure that students have the information that they need to enroll in CalFresh.

(2)A campus pantry.

(2) An on-campus food pantry or regular food distributions on campus. The campus may partner with a local food bank or food pantry to meet the requirement established by this paragraph if the food distributions occur on campus.
(3) A meal sharing program that allows students to voluntarily donate their unused meal plan credits to be distributed for use by students in need to access dining halls or to support an on-campus food pantry. Each campus shall establish the parameters of their meal sharing program and make them publicly available to students and interested parties. The program information made publicly available shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following:
(A) How a student may donate his or her unused meal plan credits.
(B) How a low-income student can apply to receive donated meal plan credits.
(C) The methodology for determining how unused meal plan credits that are not used by a student in need or how food purchased using these unused meal plan credits will be donated to support the on-campus food pantry. pantry, which shall be established by campus officials in consultation with pantry staff and volunteers, including student volunteers.
(D) The campus employee designated pursuant to paragraph (4).
(4) A campus employee designated annually as a point-of-contact to work with student volunteers for the program described in paragraph (3) to assist students.
(c) The governing board of each community college district that chooses to participate shall designate as a “hunger free campus” each of its campuses that have both of the following:
(1) A campus employee designated to help ensure that students have the information that they need to enroll in CalFresh.

(2)A campus pantry.

(2) An on-campus food pantry or regular food distributions on campus. The campus may partner with a local food bank or food pantry to meet the requirement established by this paragraph if the food distributions occur on campus.
(d) Each campus that receives a “hunger free campus” designation pursuant to subdivision (b) or (c) shall receive a funding incentive. incentive upon appropriation by the Legislature.
(e) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2022, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute that is enacted before January 1, 2022, deletes or extends that date.