Bill Text: IL SB2428 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Enrolled


Bill Title: Creates the Hunger-Free Students' Bill of Rights Act. Provides that every school in this State shall provide a federally reimbursable lunch to a student of that school who requests the lunch, regardless of whether the student has the ability to pay for the lunch or owes money for earlier lunches. Provides that if a student owes money for 5 or more lunches, a school shall reach out to the parent or guardian of the student to attempt collection of the owed money and to request that the parent or guardian enroll the student in a free or reduced-price lunch program. Provides that a school may not publicly identify or stigmatize a student who cannot pay for a lunch or who owes money for lunches. Effective immediately.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 16-0)

Status: (Enrolled) 2018-05-30 - Passed Both Houses [SB2428 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-SB2428-Enrolled.html



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1 AN ACT concerning education.
2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4 Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
5Hunger-Free Students' Bill of Rights Act.
6 Section 5. Definition. In this Act, "school" means any
7public or private elementary or secondary school that
8participates in a United States Department of Agriculture child
9nutrition program.
10 Section 10. Reimbursable meal or snack.
11 (a) Every school in this State shall provide a federally
12reimbursable meal or snack to a student of that school who
13requests the meal or snack, regardless of whether the student
14has the ability to pay for the meal or snack or owes money for
15earlier meals or snacks. The school may not provide a student
16requesting a meal or snack under this subsection (a) an
17alternate meal or snack that is different from the other meals
18or snacks provided to students in that school and may not
19prohibit or prevent a student from accessing the school's meal
20or snack services.
21 (b) If a student owes money for meals or snacks that is in
22excess of the equivalent of the amount charged a student for 5

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1lunches, or a lower amount as determined by the student's
2school district or private school, a school may reach out to
3the parent or guardian of the student to attempt collection of
4the owed money and to request that the parent or guardian apply
5for meal benefits in a federal or State child nutrition
6program. If the amount owed by a student for meals or snacks is
7owed and payable to a school district in an amount that is no
8less than $500 and the school district has made reasonable
9efforts to collect the debt from the student's parent or
10guardian for at least one year, the school district may seek an
11offset under the State Comptroller Act.
12 Section 15. Anti-stigmatization practices. A school may
13not publicly identify or stigmatize a student who cannot pay
14for a meal or snack or who owes money for a meal or snack in a
15manner that includes, but is not limited to:
16 (1) requiring the student to wear a wristband;
17 (2) giving the student a hand stamp;
18 (3) requiring the student to throw away a meal or snack
19 after being served;
20 (4) requiring the student to sit in a separate
21 location;
22 (5) publicly posting the name of the student; or
23 (6) any other action that would stigmatize the student.
24 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
25becoming law.
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