Maryland - Breakfast at school: Policy requirement

Area: 
Policy Or Plan Requirements
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law recommends strategies to ensure students eat breakfast in the morning or maintains a program that only applies to certain schools (ex. schools with 70% FRPL students).

2017 Maryland Education Code 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.


2017 Maryland Education Code 7-704. Maryland Meals for Achievement In–Classroom Breakfast Program.

Duties of the 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) 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.

2017 Maryland Education Code 7-704. Maryland Meals for Achievement In–Classroom Breakfast Program.

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.

2017 Maryland Education Code 7-704. Maryland Meals for Achievement In–Classroom Breakfast Program.

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.

2017 Maryland Education Code 7-704. Maryland Meals for Achievement In–Classroom Breakfast Program.

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.

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