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Introduced by Representatives Dostis of Waterbury, Ainsworth of Royalton, Allard of St. Albans Town, Ancel of Calais, Atkins of Winooski, Bissonnette of Winooski, Botzow of Pownal, Branagan of Georgia, Bray of New Haven, Brooks of Montpelier, Browning of Arlington, Canfield of Fair Haven, Chen of Mendon, Cheney of Norwich, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Clarkson of Woodstock, Consejo of Sheldon, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Courcelle of Rutland City, Davis of Washington, Deen of Westminster, Devereux of Mount Holly, Donahue of Northfield, Donovan of Burlington, Edwards of Brattleboro, Emmons of Springfield, Errecart of Shelburne, Evans of Essex, Fisher of Lincoln, Flory of Pittsford, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Gervais of Enosburg, Godin of Milton, Haas of Rochester, Head of S. Burlington, Hosford of Waitsfield, Howard of Rutland City, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hube of Londonderry, Hunt of Essex, Jerman of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of South Hero, Keenan of St. Albans City, Kilmartin of Newport City, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Krawczyk of Bennington, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, LaVoie of Swanton, Lenes of Shelburne, Leriche of Hardwick, Lippert of Hinesburg, Livingston of Manchester, Lorber of Burlington, Maier of Middlebury, Marek of Newfane, Martin of Wolcott, Masland of Thetford, McCormack of Rutland City, McCullough of Williston, McFaun of Barre Town, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Minter of Waterbury, Mitchell of Barnard, Mook of Bennington, Moran of Wardsboro, Mrowicki of Putney, Myers of Essex, Nuovo of Middlebury, O’Donnell of Vernon, Ojibway of Hartford, Orr of Charlotte, Pearson of Burlington, Pellett of Chester, Peltz of Woodbury, Perry of Richford, Peterson of Williston, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Potter of Clarendon, Pugh of S. Burlington, Randall of Troy, Rodgers of Glover, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Smith of Morristown, Spengler of Colchester, Stevens of Shoreham, Sweaney of Windsor, Trombley of Grand Isle, Valliere of Barre City, Westman of Cambridge, Weston of Burlington, Wheeler of Derby, Wright of Burlington and Zuckerman of Burlington

Referred to Committee on


Subject:  education; school lunch; cost

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to require the state to pay the family share of reduced-price breakfasts for students from families between 130 and 185 percent of the poverty level and to appropriate $185,000.00 in general fund dollars for this purpose.


It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  16 V.S.A. § 1262a(c) is added to read:

(c)  On a quarterly basis, from state funds appropriated to the department of education for this subsection, the state board shall award to each school district a sum equal to the amount that would have been the student share of the cost of all breakfasts actually provided in the district during the previous quarter to students eligible for a reduced‑price breakfast under the federal school breakfast program.

Sec. 2.  16 V.S.A. § 1264 is amended to read:


(a)  Each school board actually operating a public school shall cause to operate within the school district a food program which makes available a school lunch, as provided in the National School Lunch Act as amended, and a school breakfast, as provided in the National Child Nutrition Act as amended, to each attending pupil every school day.  In the event of an emergency, the school board may apply to the department for a temporary waiver of this daily operating requirement.  The commissioner shall grant the requested waiver if he or she finds that it is unduly difficult for the school district to serve a school lunch or breakfast, or both, and if he or she finds that the school district has exercised due diligence in its efforts to avoid the emergency situation which gives rise to the need for the requested waiver.  In no event shall the waiver extend for a period to exceed 20 school days.

(b)  The state shall be responsible for the student share of the cost of breakfasts provided to all students eligible for a reduced‑price breakfast under the federal school breakfast program. 


The sum of $185,000.00 is appropriated from the fiscal year 2008 general fund for the purposes of 16 V.S.A. § 1262a(c) (school breakfast program).

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont