Alabama Department of Education spells out food surplus policies
The State of Alabama Department of Education has spelled out its policies for allowing surplus foods to charities, food banks and students in need.
The Alabama Legislature passed a bill during its most recent session that makes it easier for unused, non-expired food to be distributed at public school campuses, including being given directly to students served through the federal school nutrition programs. The bill went into effect Sept. 1.
The state education agency’s recommendations to school boards include being certain that students who receive free or reduced lunch aren’t overtly identified and that schools shouldn’t intentionally overproduce food only for the purpose of donations. The food can be consumed either at school or off school grounds.