COLUMBUS—State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) today applauded the Ohio House’s passage of legislation that permits non-profit organizations to operate summer food programs in a school facility.


House Bill 80 would permit a school district that opts out of offering 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 seeks to increase access to meal programs for students who are typically eligible for free breakfast or lunch during the school year. Many school districts throughout the state are forced to opt out of this service due to financial restraints.


Under the legislation, school districts would be able to charge an appropriate fee for the use of the facilities and related services. The food service program providers would be required to have insurance and be pre-approved.


“The bill allows local schools, school districts, and local charitable groups the flexibility to match their abilities to the needs of their students,” said. Rep. Anielski. “Local control will be maintained for these programs while giving these districts the ability to make the decisions that are right for them while still allowing access to free breakfast and lunch programs.”


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

 
 
 
  
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