The bill establishes a grant program in the department of education (CDE) to encourage providers that are entitled to federal money for lunches for students ( participating providers) to purchase food products from Colorado growers, producers, and processors (Colorado food). The grant program reimburses participating providers for the amount of Colorado food that the provider purchased in the previous school year. The bill caps the reimbursements at $500,000 per year.
The bill establishes a separate program in CDE to make a grant to a nonprofit organization to make grants to entities that promote the sale of Colorado food to schools and to eligible providers to encourage the purchase of Colorado food. The nonprofit organization is required to conduct an annual evaluation and report to CDE.
The bill appropriates $168,942 to CDE for the school purchasing programs.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)