|BILL AS INTRODUCED||2007-2008|
Introduced by Representatives Dostis of Waterbury, Barnard of Richmond, Hosford of Waitsfield, Klein of East Montpelier and Mrowicki of Putney
Subject: Appropriation; childhood hunger
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to appropriate $20,000.00 for incentive grants to child care centers that initiate the child and adult care food program.
AN ACT RELATING TO AN APPROPRIATION TO END CHILDHOOD HUNGER
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. APPROPRIATION; CHILDHOOD HUNGER
(a) The general assembly finds that the childhood and adult care food program (CACFP) is a benefit to the Vermont community, because:
(1) CACFP reduces food insecurity and hunger, improves nutritional health, and teaches good eating habits for Vermont’s youngest children;
(2) CACFP has been shown to improve programming and fiscal stability of child care centers.
(b) There is established a program to provide incentive grants to licensed child care centers in the state that initiate the child and adult care food program. The department of education shall administer and evaluate the program and determine eligible grant recipients. Under the program, incentive grants of $1,000.00 may be made to eligible licensed child care centers that initiate the child and adult care food program and operate such program for a period of three years. An eligible licensed child care center means a center with at least 25 percent low income children enrolled, in operation for no less than six months, whether operated for profit or nonprofit.
(c) In fiscal year 2008, there is appropriated the amount of $20,000.00 from the general fund to the department of education for the purposes of this act.
The Vermont General Assembly
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