Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter III. Farm-to-School Program.


§ 38–823.01. Local food sourcing, reimbursement, and education.

Public schools and public charter schools shall serve locally grown, locally processed, and unprocessed foods from growers engaged in sustainable agriculture practices whenever possible. Preference shall be given to fresh unprocessed agricultural products grown and processed in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.


(July 27, 2010, D.C. Law 18-209, § 301, 57 DCR 4779.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 38-826.02.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 4062(g) of Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-383, June 19, 2012, 59 DCR 7764).

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 4062(g) of Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-413, July 25, 2012, 59 DCR 9290).


§ 38–823.01a. Comprehensive food services plan.

(a) Before February 15, 2013, the City Administrator shall transmit to the Council and to the Healthy Schools and Youth Commission a comprehensive food services plan that shall include:

(1) A plan to reduce the cost of providing food services in the District of Columbia Public Schools (“DCPS”), without reducing the quality, taste, or nutritional standards of the food being served, including an:

(A) Examination of how similar jurisdictions provide food services in schools;

(B) Explanation of the cost drivers in the DCPS food services program;

(C) Accounting of:

(i) The local funds subsidies (net losses) required by federal programs for each year since fiscal year 2007, including the total subsidy per year and the subsidy per meal served per year;

(ii) Whether the District has received all of the rebates, credits, and other funds owed by its current food-service vendors;

(D) An evaluation of whether preparing meals internally without an outside vendor would reduce costs; and

(E) An implementation plan and timeline for the DCPS food services program to become cost-neutral;

(2) An analysis of the efficiencies and savings that could be gained by combining the food services programs in:

(A) The Department of Corrections;

(B) The Department of Human Services;

(C) The Department of Mental Health;

(D) The Department of Parks and Recreation;

(E) The District of Columbia Public Schools;

(F) The Office of Aging; and

(G) Other agencies;

(3) An analysis of whether a centralized food services program could offer public charter schools the opportunity to purchase meals from it, instead of from a private vendor; and

(4) An analysis of how the District’s food service programs can become more sustainable.

(b) The City Administrator shall be assisted in preparing the plan required by subsection (a) of this section by the:

(1) District of Columbia Public Schools;

(2) Office of the State Superintendent of Education;

(3) Department of General Services;

(4) Mayor’s Office of Budget and Finance;

(5) Council’s Budget Office;

(6) Office of the Chief Financial Officer; and

(7) City Administrator.


(July 27, 2010, D.C. Law 18-209, § 301a; as added Sept. 20, 2012, D.C. Law 19-168, § 4062(g), 59 DCR 8025; Mar. 13, 2019, D.C. Law 22-240, § 2(l), 66 DCR 912.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2012 amendment by D.C. Law 19-168 added this section.

Applicability

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-240: § 3 of D.C. Law 22-240 provided that the change made to this section by § 2(l) of D.C. Law 22-240 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary addition of section, see § 4062(g) of the Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-413, July 25, 2012, 59 DCR 9290), applicable as of June 20, 2012.

Editor's Notes

Section 4063 of D.C. Law 19-168 provided that § 4062 of the act shall apply as of June 20, 2012.


§ 38–823.01b. Good Food Purchasing Program. [Not Funded]

Not Funded.


(July 27, 2010, D.C. Law 18-209, § 301b; as added Mar. 13, 2019, D.C. Law 22-240, § 2(m), 66 DCR 912.)

Applicability

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-240: § 3 of D.C. Law 22-240 provided that the creation of this section by § 2(m) of D.C. Law 22-240 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.


§ 38–823.02. Programs.

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education shall, in conjunction with the Department of Health, the Department of Parks and Recreation, the District Department of the Environment, the University of the District of Columbia, community organizations, food service providers, public schools, and public charter schools, develop programs to promote the benefits of purchasing and eating locally grown and unprocessed foods that are from growers engaged in sustainable agriculture practices. At minimum, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education shall conduct at least one program per year, such as an annual local flavor week or a harvest of the month program, in collaboration with other District agencies and nonprofit organizations.


(July 27, 2010, D.C. Law 18-209, § 302, 57 DCR 4779.)


§ 38–823.03. Mandatory reporting.

On or before September 30 of each year, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education shall submit to the Mayor, the Council, and the Healthy Schools and Youth Commission a comprehensive report on the District’s farm-to-school initiatives and recommendations for improvement.


(July 27, 2010, D.C. Law 18-209, § 303, 57 DCR 4779; Sept. 20, 2012, D.C. Law 19-168, § 4062(h), 59 DCR 8025; Dec. 13, 2017, D.C. Law 22-33, § 4147, 64 DCR 7652; Mar. 13, 2019, D.C. Law 22-240, § 2(n), 66 DCR 912.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2012 amendment by D.C. Law 19-168 substituted “June 30” for “September 30.”

Applicability

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-240: § 3 of D.C. Law 22-240 provided that the change made to this section by § 2(n) of D.C. Law 22-240 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.

Section 4150 of D.C. Law 22-33 provided that the amendment made to this section shall apply as of June 27, 2017.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 4147 of Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2017 (D.C. Act 22-167, Oct. 24, 2017, 64 DCR 10802).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 4147 of Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2017 (D.C. Act 22-104, July 20, 2017, 64 DCR 7032).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 4062(h) of Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-383, June 19, 2012, 59 DCR 7764).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 4062(h) of Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-413, July 25, 2012, 59 DCR 9290).

Editor's Notes

Section 4063 of D.C. Law 19-168 provided that § 4062 of the act shall apply as of June 20, 2012.