17:195     Operation of nutrition program;  general powers of governing authorities of nutrition program providers;  forbidden acts;  penalties


A. (1) The governing authority of each nutrition program provider, in order to provide for the operation of nutrition programs in schools and other programs under its jurisdiction, may enter into contracts with respect to food, services, supplies, equipment, and facilities for the operation of such programs and may use therefor funds disbursed to such governing authority under the provisions of this Subpart any federal funds, commodities, gifts, and any other funds that may be received for nutrition programs.


(2) No student shall be requested to pay more than the actual cost of the lunch, less the amount of reimbursement paid to the nutrition program provider from state and federal funds.


(3)(a) No discrimination against any individual shall be made by the nutrition program provider because of his inability to pay, nor shall the nutrition program provider publish or permit to be published the names of any individual unable to pay for the food.  Whoever publishes or permits the publication of the name of any individual unable to pay for such food shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars, or imprisoned for not more than ninety days, or both.


(b) Any public school employee who discloses the name of any individual unable to pay for such food, either orally or in written form, except as reasonably necessary in the conduct of his official duties, shall be subject to the penalties provided in Subparagraph (a) of this Paragraph.  No public school employee shall disclose such information to any student for any reason.


B. State funds reimbursed to governing authorities of nutrition program providers shall be used for the purchase of food only, provided that any surplus of funds, after the payment for food purchased, may be used for preparation or serving the food.  The governing authority of each nutrition program provider shall be required to purchase food wholesale at the lowest prices quoted for good quality products or at prices no greater than the wholesale rate for the same item.


Amended by Acts 1950, No. 275, § 1;  Acts 1956, No. 209, § 1;  Acts 2009, No. 279, § 1;  Acts 2010, No. 737, § 1.