124D.118 SCHOOL MILK PROGRAM.
Subdivision 1. Legislative findings.
The legislature finds that for best health and well-being,
school children in the state should receive at least one serving of milk each day. The school milk
program established in this section is to provide districts in the state with added resources so
that all kindergarten students in public and nonpublic schools may have access to wholesome
milk on a daily basis.
Subd. 2. Establishment; school participation.
Each district in the state is encouraged to
participate in the state-supported school milk program for kindergartners. Participating districts
must provide one serving of milk on each school day to each kindergarten student attending
a public or nonpublic school in the district. No student is required to accept the milk that is
provided by the district. The program must be promoted and operated under the direction of the
commissioner or the commissioner's designee.
Subd. 3. Program guidelines; duties of the commissioner.
(a) The commissioner shall:
(1) encourage all districts to participate in the school milk program for kindergartners;
(2) prepare program guidelines, not subject to chapter 14 until July 1, 1998, which will
effectively and efficiently distribute appropriated and donated money to participating districts; and
(3) seek donations and matching funds from appropriate private and public sources.
(b) Program guidelines may provide for disbursement to districts through a mechanism of
prepayments or by reimbursement for approved program expenses.
Subd. 4. Reimbursement.
In accordance with program guidelines, the commissioner shall
reimburse each participating public or nonpublic school 14 cents for each half-pint of milk that is
served to kindergarten students and is not part of a school lunch or breakfast reimbursed under
History: 1988 c 688 art 16 s 1; 1997 c 187 art 4 s 4; 1998 c 397 art 7 s 81,164; art 11 s 3;
1998 c 398 art 6 s 27; 1Sp2003 c 9 art 5 s 7; 1Sp2005 c 5 art 5 s 4