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LB 1090: Summer Food Program Expansion

As introduced:  This bill would award one- time grants to fund the start-up costs associated with summer food programs.

As amended: The bill prioritizes grants going to high poverty areas.

Introducing Senator(s): Wallman (priority)

Committee: Education Committee

Committee Hearing Date: January 31, 2012

Current Status: Signed into law on April 11, 2012.

Estimated Fiscal Impact:  Annual grants will total $128,000 of general funds in 2012-13 and $130,000 of general funds in 2013-14.  The department intends to contract for the administration of the program at a cost of $12,000 general funds in 2012-13 and $10,000 general funds in 2013-14.

Voices for Children Position:  Support

Voices for Children supported this bill because the current summer food program is limited and child hunger can increase during the summer months when other school food programs are not available.  Some entities have pointed to the initial start-up costs as being a barrier to summer food programs and this bill is intended to overcome that barrier.

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