School boards, certain; participation in the Afterschool Meal Program. (HB2135)

Introduced By

Del. Danica Roem (D-Manassas Park) with support from 27 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Dawn Adams (D-Richmond), Del. Lashrecse D. Aird (D-Petersburg), Del. Hala Ayala (D-Woodbridge), Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), Del. Lee Carter (D-Manassas), Del. Josh Cole (D-Stafford), Del. Wendy Gooditis (D-Clarke), Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-Dale City), Del. Dan Helmer (D-Fairfax Station), Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Chris Hurst (D-Blacksburg), Del. Clinton Jenkins (D-Suffolk), Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria), Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington), Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond), Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), Del. David Reid (D-Loudoun), Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon), Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church), Del. Shelly Simonds (D-Newport News), Del. Suhas Subramanyam (D-Sterling), Del. Roslyn Tyler (D-Jarratt), Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Certain school boards; student meals; participation in the Afterschool Meal Program. Requires each school board that governs a local school division that has a student population that qualifies for free and reduced-price meals at a minimum percentage of 50 percent in the prior school year and simultaneously offers educational or enrichment activities and is consequently eligible to participate in the Afterschool Meal Program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Child and Adult Care Food Program to apply to the Department of Education to participate in the Afterschool Meal Program for each such school to subsequently and simultaneously serve federally reimbursable meals and offer an afterschool education or enrichment program, pursuant to FNS guidelines and state health and safety standards. The bill requires the Department of Education to administer the Afterschool Meal Program on behalf of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The bill provides that the Superintendent of Public Instruction shall issue a waiver to this requirement upon determination that participation is not financially viable for a school or group of schools. The bill requires the Department of Education to develop a process and criteria for evaluating such waivers. The bill has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2022. Read the Bill »


03/18/2021: signed by governor


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102541D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee on Education
01/18/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2135)
01/19/2021Assigned Education sub: Pre-K-12
01/22/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 1-N)
01/25/2021Reported from Education (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2021Read first time
01/27/2021Read second time and engrossed
01/28/2021Read third time and passed House (89-Y 11-N)
01/28/2021VOTE: Passage (89-Y 11-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
01/29/2021Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2021Assigned Education sub: Public Education
02/18/2021Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (32-Y 0-N)
02/22/2021Read third time
02/22/2021Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/25/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2135ER)
02/25/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2135ER)
02/25/2021Signed by President
02/26/2021Signed by Speaker
03/01/2021Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 1, 2021
03/01/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/18/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 292 (effective 7/1/21)
03/18/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 292 (effective 7/1/22)
03/18/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0292)

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