Farm to School Program Task Force; Department of Education to establish. (HB830)

Introduced By

Del. Rae Cousins (D-Richmond) with support from co-patrons Del. Elizabeth Bennett-Parker (D-Alexandria), Del. Nadarius Clark (D-Portsmouth), Del. Rozia Henson (D-Woodbridge), and Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Department of Education; establishment of Farm to School Program Task Force. Requires the Department of Education to establish and appoint such members as it deems necessary or appropriate to the Farm to School Program Task Force for the purpose of increasing student access throughout the Commonwealth to high-quality farm to school programs, defined in the bill as programs (i) whereby public schools purchase and feature prominently in school meals locally produced food or (ii) that involve experiential student learning opportunities relating to local food and agriculture, including school and community garden programs and local farm visits. The bill requires the Task Force to collaborate with local school boards, community-based organizations, farmers, relevant state and local agencies, and other relevant stakeholders to (a) assess existing farm to school programs within the Commonwealth to identify and disseminate to each local school board best practices for implementing and sustaining such programs, (b) establish and distribute to each local school board a guidance document for the establishment and operation of school garden programs, (c) provide information and resources to each local school board to assist it in leveraging grant funds to support farm to school programs, and (d) collect such data and make such policy recommendations to local school boards, the Board of Education, and the General Assembly as it deems appropriate. This bill is identical to SB 314. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24102113D
01/09/2024Referred to Committee on Education
01/26/2024Assigned Education sub: K-12 Subcommittee
01/30/2024Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2025
01/31/2024Continued to 2025 in Education
02/01/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB830)
02/07/2024Reconsidered by Education
02/07/2024House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/07/2024Reported from Education with substitute (18-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2024Committee substitute printed 24107295D-H1
02/09/2024Read first time
02/12/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB830H1)
02/12/2024Read second time
02/12/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24107295D-H1
02/12/2024Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB830H1
02/13/2024Read third time and passed House (89-Y 9-N)
02/13/2024VOTE: Passage (89-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2024Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/21/2024Assigned Education and Health Sub: Public Education
02/23/2024Senate subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/29/2024Reported from Education and Health with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/29/2024Committee substitute printed 24108253D-S1
03/01/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB830S1)
03/01/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2024Read third time
03/04/2024Reading of substitute waived
03/04/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24108253D-S1
03/04/2024Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB830S1
03/04/2024Passed Senate with substitute (39-Y 0-N)
03/05/2024Senate substitute rejected by House 24108253D-S1 (3-Y 97-N)
03/05/2024VOTE: REJECTED (3-Y 97-N)
03/06/2024Senate insisted on substitute (40-Y 0-N)
03/06/2024Senate requested conference committee
03/07/2024House acceded to request
03/07/2024Conferees appointed by House
03/07/2024Delegates: Cousins, McQuinn, Cherry
03/07/2024Conferees appointed by Senate
03/07/2024Senators: Roem, Bagby, Head
03/07/2024C Amended by conference committee
03/08/2024Conference report agreed to by House (94-Y 4-N)
03/08/2024VOTE: Adoption (94-Y 4-N)
03/08/2024Conference report agreed to by Senate (39-Y 1-N)
03/25/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB830ER)
03/25/2024Signed by President
03/26/2024Signed by Speaker
03/27/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB830ER)
03/27/2024Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 27, 2024
03/27/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
04/04/2024G Approved by Governor-Chapter 398 (effective 7/1/24)
04/04/2024G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0398)

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