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Education Code - EDC

TITLE 2. ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION [33000 - 64100]

  ( Title 2 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

DIVISION 4. INSTRUCTION AND SERVICES [46000 - 64100]

  ( Division 4 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

PART 27. PUPILS [48000 - 49704]

  ( Part 27 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

CHAPTER 9. Pupil and Personnel Health [49400 - 49590]

  ( Chapter 9 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

ARTICLE 8. Meals [49500 - 49505]
  ( Article 8 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

49500.
  

The governing board of any school district may provide, without charge or at a reduced price, breakfasts for pupils within the district who are needy. The governing board may provide, without charge or at a reduced price, lunches for pupils who are needy. The governing board of any school district may provide, without charge, lunches for any or all other pupils whether they are needy or not, provided that the governing board has so provided such lunches without charge to all pupils of the district during the 1962–63 school year. The governing board of any school district may provide, without charge or at a reduced price, other nutrition periods during the schoolday during which foods or beverages, or both, are served to pupils.

For purposes of this article a pupil who is “needy” is one who meets the definition in Section 49552.

As used in this article “school meals” includes breakfasts, lunches, or the serving of foods or beverages, or both, during other nutrition periods, or any combination thereof.

(Amended by Stats. 1997, Ch. 825, Sec. 21. Effective October 9, 1997.)

49501.
  

The governing board of any school district may, for purposes of Section 49500, establish rules by which to determine which pupils are needy except for family day care homes which shall be reimbursed for 75 percent of the meals served. For purposes of this article, any pupil within the category of children eligible for aid or services under Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11200) of Part 3 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code shall be deemed needy.

The amendments to this section enacted by the Legislature in the 1981 portion of the 1981–82 Regular Session of the Legislature shall apply retroactively to July 1, 1981, to the extent that they may legally do so.

(Amended by Stats. 1982, Ch. 209, Sec. 14.4. Effective May 20, 1982.)

49503.
  

District funds may also be used for the purchase of school meals for pupils, as provided in Section 49500.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

49504.
  

Each official and department of the state having charge of the administering of funds for the relief of indigents may contribute and pay any of the funds subject to his disposal to any school district within the state, to be used by the district for the purchase of school meals for needy pupils. Every county, city and county, and city within the state may pay any of its funds available for the relief of indigents to any school district, within or partly within the county, city and county, and city for this purpose.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

49505.
  

(a) Any school district or county office of education participating in the National School Lunch Program that provides a meal to a pupil rendered homeless by a state or federally declared disaster may receive reimbursement equal to the combined state and federal free rate, regardless of the pupil’s eligibility for free meals. It is the intent of the Legislature to ensure that pupils who are not eligible for free meals be considered for inclusion in the meal program when their families are temporarily unable to provide adequate meals for them due to the effects of a natural disaster. It is the intent of the Legislature that the reimbursement for these children be on a temporary basis.

(b) Any school district or county office of education participating in the National School Lunch Program which is unable to meet the meal component requirement of the state meal program because of a state or federally declared disaster is exempted from serving all required meal components and may be reimbursed at the combined state and federal rates as if the meal component requirements had been met.

(c) The State Department of Education may provide a school district or county office of education participating in the National School Lunch Program which has been temporarily closed as a result of a state or federally declared disaster a reimbursement equal to the average daily participation times the average combined state and federal reimbursement rate received by the entity in the month prior to the closure, times the number of days the entity is closed to pay for salaries and other fixed expenses of child nutrition programs.

(d) The State Department of Education shall make reimbursements pursuant to subdivision (a), (b), or (c) to school districts and county offices of education participating in the National School Lunch Program from money appropriated from the General Fund for that purpose. Requests for those reimbursements shall be subject to the review and approval of the State Department of Education. Any funds provided for the purposes of this section shall be in lieu of state reimbursement for child nutrition programs.

(e) All school districts and county offices of education participating in the National School Lunch Program that apply for exemptions and allowances pursuant to subdivision (c) shall demonstrate conformity with any applicable procedures required in the Disaster Relief Act of 1974, P.L. 93-288, as amended by P.L. 100-707. The State Department of Education shall ensure that applicants for relief under subdivision (c) have followed those procedures.

(f) For purposes of this section, “state or federally declared disaster” means only a state or federally declared disaster that occurs on or after the effective date of this section.

(g) Moneys in the Disaster Response-Emergency Operations Account in the Reserve for Economic Uncertainties may be allocated for the purposes of this section.

(Added by Stats. 1990, Ch. 796, Sec. 2. Effective September 13, 1990.)

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