COLUMBUS—State Representative Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) yesterday applauded the Ohio House’s passage of legislation that permits organizations to operate summer food programs Ohio’s schools. House Bill 80 was joint sponsored by Representatives Sarah LaTourette (R-Chesterland) and Kent Smith (D-Euclid), both of whom represent important areas in Northeast Ohio.

House Bill 80 allows school districts that opt out of providing summer food services to allow a summer food service program sponsor to utilize its facilities, with the approval of their local district board. The bill will increase access to meals for students who depend on free breakfast or lunch during the school year. Unfortunately, many school districts in this state are forced to opt out of this service due to local financial restraints.

Under this bill, school districts would be able to charge a reasonable fee for the use of the school’s facilities and related services. The food service program providers would be required to have insurance and be pre-approved.

“One out of four children in Ohio experience food insecurity and if this bill helps provide relief to those children, then this further demonstrates responsive and responsible government,” said Representative Greenspan.

House Bill 80 now awaits further consideration by the Ohio Senate.

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