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§ 7-704. Maryland Meals for Achievement In-Classroom Breakfast Program

West's Annotated Code of MarylandEducationEffective: July 1, 2018

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Education (Refs & Annos)
Division II. Elementary and Secondary Education [Titles 2-9.5] (Refs & Annos)
Title 7. Public Schools (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 7. Breakfast Program (Refs & Annos)
Effective: July 1, 2018
MD Code, Education, § 7-704
§ 7-704. Maryland Meals for Achievement In-Classroom Breakfast Program
Definitions
(a)(1) In this section the following words have the meanings indicated.
(2) “Program” means the Maryland Meals for Achievement In-Classroom Breakfast Program.
(3) “Secondary schools” includes middle schools and high schools.
Program a joint effort of Department and county boards or agencies
(b)(1) There is a school breakfast program in the State, known as the Maryland Meals for Achievement In-Classroom Breakfast Program.
(2) The Program is a joint effort of the Department and the county boards or sponsoring agencies for eligible nonpublic schools.
Purpose of Program
(c)(1) The purpose of the Program is to provide funding for a school that makes an in-classroom breakfast available to all students in the school.
(2) The funding is intended to complement the funding received by a school from the federal government for a school breakfast program.
Duties of Department
(d) The Department shall:
(1) Develop an application form for a school that desires to participate in the Program;
(2) Ensure that the schools that participate in the Program represent geographic and socioeconomic balance statewide;
(3) Subject to subsection (e) of this section, ensure that a school that participates in the Program is a school at which at least 40% of the registered students are eligible for the federal free or reduced price meal program;
(4) Select schools to participate in the Program, ensuring that an annual evaluation of the Program is conducted by the Department;
(5) Annually review and set the meal reimbursement rate for schools that participate in the Program to complement the federal meal reimbursement rate determined under § 7-703 of this subtitle; and
(6) Disburse the Program funds to the county board or the sponsoring agency.
School’s eligibility for the federal free or reduced price meal plan
(e)(1) If a school that participates in the Program has less than 40% of the registered students eligible for the federal free or reduced price meal plan, the school shall remain eligible to participate in the Program for 1 year.
(2) If, after 1 year, the school's percent of registered students eligible for the federal free or reduced price meal plan is less than 40%, the school is no longer eligible to participate in the Program.
Duties of county board or sponsoring agency
(f) A county board or a sponsoring agency for an eligible nonpublic school shall:
(1) Apply to the Department for funds for schools within the jurisdiction of the board or for schools that are under the sponsoring agency that:
(i) Are eligible to participate in the Program; and
(ii) Apply to the board or to the sponsoring agency to participate in the Program; and
(2) Submit an annual report to the Department on the Program, including the manner in which the funds have been expended.
Duties of school that participates in Program
(g) A school that participates in the Program shall:
(1) Implement an in-classroom breakfast program in which all students in the school may participate regardless of family income;
(2) Serve a breakfast that meets the guidelines of the Department and the nutritional standards of the United States Department of Agriculture for schools that participate in the federal school breakfast program;
(3) Except as provided in subsection (h) of this section, serve the breakfast in the classroom after the arrival of students to the school;
(4) Collect the data that the county board or the sponsoring agency and the Department require from participants in the Program; and
(5) Submit an annual report to the county board or the sponsoring agency.
Breakfast service in secondary schools
(h) Secondary schools may serve breakfast in any part of the school, including from “Grab and Go” carts after the arrival of students to the school.
Negotiation of terms of participation
(i) The employee organization that is the exclusive representative of the certificated public school employees of a county board and the employee organization that is the exclusive representative of the noncertificated employees of a county board and the county board shall negotiate the terms of the participation of the employees in the Program.
Appropriation
(j) The Governor shall include in the annual budget bill an appropriation of $7,550,000 to the Program.

Credits

Added by Acts 1999, c. 384, § 1, eff. July 1, 1999; Acts 1999, c. 385, § 1, eff. July 1, 1999. Amended by Acts 2002, c. 427, § 1, eff. July 1, 2002; Acts 2007, c. 641, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2007; Acts 2017, c. 325, § 1, eff. July 1, 2017; Acts 2018, c. 562, § 1, eff. July 1, 2018.

Editors' Notes

HISTORICAL AND STATUTORY NOTES
1999 Legislation
Acts 1999, c. 384, § 2, and Acts 1999, c. 385, § 2, provide:
“SECTION 2. AND BE IT FURTHER ENACTED, That this Act shall take effect July 1, 1999. It shall remain effective for a period of 3 years and, at the end of June 30, 2002, with no further action required by the General Assembly, this Act shall be abrogated and of no further force and effect.”
2002 Legislation
Acts 2002, c. 427, § 1, amended Acts 1999, c. 384, § 2, and Acts 1999, c. 385, § 2, to read:
“SECTION 2. AND BE IT FURTHER ENACTED, That this Act shall take effect July 1, 1999.”
2007 Legislation
Acts 2007, c. 641, § 2, provides:
“SECTION 2. AND BE IT FURTHER ENACTED, That if the Governor provides full funding in the State budget for all eligible schools under the Maryland Meals for Achievement In-Classroom Breakfast Program, then the General Assembly may consider expanding the eligibility criteria for the Program.”
MD Code, Education, § 7-704, MD EDUC § 7-704
Current through all legislation from the 2019 Regular Session of the General Assembly.
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