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AB-2360 Pupil nutrition: school district and food bank partnerships.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 04/19/2018 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 18, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 03, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2360


Introduced by Assembly Member Rodriguez

February 13, 2018


An act to add Section 49004 to the Food and Agricultural Code, relating to pupil nutrition.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2360, as amended, Rodriguez. Pupil nutrition: school district and food bank partnerships.
Existing law establishes the Office of Farm to Fork within the Department of Food and Agriculture, and requires the office, to the extent that resources are available, to work with various entities, including, among others, the agricultural industry and other organizations involved in promoting food access, to increase the amount of agricultural products available to underserved communities and schools in the state.
This bill would require the Department of Food and Agriculture, in collaboration through its Office of Farm to Fork, to collaborate with the State Department of Education, the Strategic Growth Council, Education and other relevant entities and experts, experts to establish guidelines and best practices for food banks and school districts to create partnerships to increase the access of pupils to fresh produce food items, and healthy foods, as specified. The bill would require the Department of Food and Agriculture, the State Department of Education, and the Strategic Growth Council Office of Farm to Fork to each post, by January 1, 2020, the guidelines on the agency’s its respective Internet Web site. The bill would require, by January 1, 2020, the State Department of Education to disseminate the guidelines to school districts and the Department of Food and Agriculture to disseminate the guidelines to food banks.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 49004 is added to the Food and Agricultural Code, to read:

49004.
 (a) The department, in collaboration with the State Department of Education, the Strategic Growth Council, The department, through its Office of Farm to Fork, shall collaborate with the State Department of Education and other relevant entities and experts, as experts determined relevant by the department, shall, by January 1, 2020, to establish guidelines and best practices for food banks and school districts to create partnerships to increase the access of pupils in kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive, to fresh produce food items. that increase the access of pupils in transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, and any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive, to fresh produce and healthy foods, for the purpose of reducing pupil hunger and food insecurity during holiday, intersession, vacation, and weekend periods. The purpose of the guidelines shall be to encourage the creation of those partnerships. partnerships and shall include, at a minimum, all of the following:

(b)The guidelines shall consist of, at a minimum, all of the following:

(1)Recommended responsibilities of a school district and food bank in a partnership to ensure accountability and consensus.

(2)Direction for a food bank and school district on how to create a partnership.

(3)An example of a written agreement for a partnership between a school district and food bank.

(1) A model program for a food bank and school district that provides guidance on how to create a partnership. The model program shall include, but not be limited to:
(A) Recommended responsibilities for the food bank and the school district.
(B) Measures to ensure accountability for food banks and school districts participating in the partnership.
(C) Recommendations for reducing food insecurity among pupils by promoting acceptance of CalFresh benefits among eligible families.
(D) Recommended methods for increasing pupil access to fresh produce and healthy foods during holiday, intersession, vacation, and weekend periods. Methods may include, but are not limited to, joint establishment of school pantries by school districts and food banks, and providing pupils with preassembled food packages prior to holiday, intersession, vacation, and weekend periods.
(E) Information on common dietary deficiencies in food insecure children, and recommended foods that would alleviate such deficiencies.

(4)

(F) Information on state and federal food handling regulations.

(5)

(G) Information on state and federal food donation laws and protections.

(6)

(H) Recommendations on cost control, food safety, and food transportation.

(7)

(I) Information on state and federal federal, state, and local resources that could be used for support a food bank and school district partnership.
(2) A model written agreement for a partnership between a local food bank and a school district.

(c)

(b) The department, the State Department of Education, and the Strategic Growth Council Office of Farm to Fork shall each post, by January 1, 2020, the guidelines on the agency’s its respective Internet Web site.

(d)

(c) By January 1, 2020, the State Department of Education shall disseminate the guidelines to school districts and the department shall disseminate the guidelines to food banks.