Status Summary

First reading, referred to Education on 1.16.2020. Public hearing in the House Committee on Education on 1.28.2020. Executive action taken in the House Committee on Education on 2.6.2020 and referred to Appropriations.Hearing in Appropriations on 2.10.2020. Executive action taken and passed out of committee with 1 no vote. Referred to Rules 2 Review on 2.11.2020. (updated 2.14.2020)

Legislative Session

2020

Status

In Progress

Sponsor

Rep. Riccelli

HB2660  may be known and cited as the hunger-free schools act.

It amends current law such that beginning in 2021, and by April 1st of each year, the Office of the Superintendent Of Public Instruction shall identify which schools and school districts have an identified students percentage of at least 40% under federal guidelines for the community eligibility provision. Within 30 days of completing the identification process, or at an earlier date to comply with federal requirements, the OSPI will: 

  • Notify each school and school district that has been identified as eligible for participation in the community eligibility provision; 

  • Provide technical assistance to the notified schools and school districts with the goal of maximizing the number of students who are eligible for universal free meals; and 

  • Ensure appropriate reimbursement rates for participating schools and school districts participating in the community eligibility provision. 

Beginning in the 2020-21 school year, each school with a school lunch program and school breakfast program must make school lunches and breakfasts available to all students at no charge to the students if the school or the school district has identified at least 40% of the students of the school or at least 70% of the students of the school district qualify for free or reduced-price meals.