|Public Act 100-1092
AN ACT concerning education.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
Hunger-Free Students' Bill of Rights Act.
In this Act, "school" means any
public or private elementary or secondary school that
participates in a United States Department of Agriculture child
Reimbursable meal or snack.
(a) Every school in this State shall provide a federally
reimbursable meal or snack to a student of that school who
requests the meal or snack, regardless of whether the student
has the ability to pay for the meal or snack or owes money for
earlier meals or snacks. The school may not provide a student
requesting a meal or snack under this subsection (a) an
alternate meal or snack that is different from the other meals
or snacks provided to students in that school and may not
prohibit or prevent a student from accessing the school's meal
or snack services.
(b) If a student owes money for meals or snacks that is in
excess of the equivalent of the amount charged a student for 5
lunches, or a lower amount as determined by the student's
school district or private school, a school may reach out to
the parent or guardian of the student to attempt collection of
the owed money and to request that the parent or guardian apply
for meal benefits in a federal or State child nutrition
program. If the amount owed by a student for meals or snacks is
owed and payable to a school district in an amount that is no
less than $500 and the school district has made reasonable
efforts to collect the debt from the student's parent or
guardian for at least one year, the school district may seek an
offset under the State Comptroller Act.
A school may
not publicly identify or stigmatize a student who cannot pay
for a meal or snack or who owes money for a meal or snack in a
manner that includes, but is not limited to:
(1) requiring the student to wear a wristband;
(2) giving the student a hand stamp;
(3) requiring the student to throw away a meal or snack
after being served;
(4) requiring the student to sit in a separate
(5) publicly posting the name of the student; or
(6) any other action that would stigmatize the student.
This Act takes effect upon