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  • Summary date: Mar 21 2011 - View Summary

    Enacts new GS 143A-65.2, transferring the Child Nutrition Program and Child Nutrition Services of the Division of School Support from the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS) as a Type I transfer. Directs the Revisor of Statutes to make conforming statutory changes, as necessary. Makes conforming changes to GS 115C-263 and GS 115C-264. Enacts new GS 106-26.3 requiring school food services to be provided in accordance with standards and regulations recommended by the Commissioner of Agriculture and approved by the Board of Agriculture. Requires the Board of Agriculture to establish statewide nutrition standards for school meals and items served in the after- school snack program. Requires the standards to be implemented initially in elementary schools, with middle schools achieving a basic level by the end of the 2011-12 school year, followed by high schools. Makes a conforming repeal of GS 115C-264.3. Places the National School Lunch Program under DACS jurisdiction. Amends GS 106-22, adding that the Commissioner of Agriculture has jurisdiction over the National School Lunch Program and the Child Nutrition Program established by the federal government. Requires DPI and DACS to fully cooperate with the transfer of the Child Nutrition Program and Child Nutrition Services and lists specific areas where cooperation and assistance is needed to insure that there is no interruption in services. Effective July 1, 2011.