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WEST virginia legislature

2021 regular session

Introduced

House Bill 3225

By Delegates Young and Worrell

[Introduced March 16, 2021; Referred to the Committee on Education then Finance]

A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new article, designated §18B-20-1, §18B-20-2, §18B-20-3, §18B-20-4, §18B-20-5, and §18B-20-6, all relating to creating the Hunger Free Campus Act; providing for a short title; enacting the act and providing for a legislative purpose; providing qualifications for campuses to be designated as “Hunger-Free” zones; giving a reporting requirement; appropriating money; and providing for an effective date.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:


ARTICLE 20. hunger free campus act.


§18B-20-1. Short title.


This article shall be known and may be cited as the "Hunger-Free Campus Act."

§18B-20-2. Enactment and purpose.


The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission shall establish a Hunger-Free Campus Grant Program. The purpose of the program shall be to provide grants to public institutions of higher education that have one or more campuses that are designated by the secretary as hunger-free campuses. The purpose of the grant funding shall be to:

(a) Address student hunger;

(b) Leverage more sustainable solutions to address basic food needs on campus;

(c) Raise awareness of services currently offered on campus which address basic food needs; and

(d) Continue to build strategic partnerships at the local, state, and national levels to address food insecurity among students.

§18B-20-3. Campus qualification.


In order to be designated as a hunger-free campus, the institution shall:

(a) Establish a Campus Hunger Task Force that meets a minimum of three times per academic year to set at least two goals with action plans;

(b) Designate a staff member responsible for assisting students with enrollment in West Virginia Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP);

(c) Provide options for students to utilize SNAP benefits at campus stores that meet the federal standards set by the Food and Nutrition Service in the United States Department of Agriculture;

(d) Participate in an awareness day campaign activity and plan a campus awareness event during the National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week;

(e) Provide at least one physical food pantry on campus, or enable students to receive food through a separate, stigma-free arrangement;

(f) Develop a “Swipe Out Hunger” student meal credit sharing program, or designate a certain amount of funds for free meal vouchers that might otherwise be raised through a “Swipe Out Hunger” program; and

(g) Annually conduct a student survey on hunger, developed by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, and submit the results of the survey and a best practices campus profile to the secretary at a time prescribed by the secretary for inclusion in a comparative profile of each campus designated as a hunger-free campus. In the development of the survey, the secretary may utilize any existing surveys designed to collect information on food insecurity among students enrolled in public institutions of higher education.

The secretary shall allocate grant funding to each public institution of higher education that has one or more campuses designated by the secretary as a hunger-free campus in accordance with the criteria established pursuant to this article. The secretary shall determine the amount of each grant which shall be used by the institution to further address food insecurity among students enrolled in the institution.

§18B-20-4. Reporting requirement.


The secretary shall submit a report to the Governor, and to the Legislature no later than two years after the establishment of the Hunger-Free Campus Grant Program. The report shall include, but not be limited to, the number and amounts of the grant awards, the impact the grant program has had on establishing additional hunger-free campuses at public institutions of higher education and reducing the number of students experiencing food insecurity, and recommendations on the expansion of the grant program.

§18B-20-5. Appropriation.


There is appropriated from the General Revenue Fund the sum of $1 million for the purpose of effectuating the provisions of this article.

§18B-20-6. Effective date.


This article shall take effect immediately.

 

NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to "Hunger-Free Campus Act,” which requires the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission to establish a grant program to address food insecurity among students enrolled in public institutions of higher education, and appropriates $1 million.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.

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