COLUMBUS—State Representatives Sarah LaTourette (R-Chesterland) and Kent Smith (D-Euclid) 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 was joint sponsored by Reps. LaTourette and Smith.


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.


“Summer nutrition programs serve as a bridge to fill the summer meal gap and increased participation by summer meal sponsors at school sites will help to reduce food insecurity,” said LaTourette. “I am so pleased to see Amended House Bill 80 move forward with this favorable vote on the House floor.”


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.


“It is unacceptable that over a half million Ohio children go hungry when they are not in school,” said Smith. “By allowing schools to partner with qualified organizations in the summer to provide healthy meals to students in need at no cost to the school district, we can help reduce child hunger in our state.”


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

 
 
 
  
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