SENATE BILL 767
F2 1lr2366
CF HB 891
By: Senator Washington
Introduced and read first time: February 5, 2021
Assigned to: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
A BILL ENTITLED
1 AN ACT concerning
2 Higher Education – Hunger–Free Campus Grant Program – Established
3 FOR the purpose of establishing the Hunger–Free Campus Grant Program; stating the
4 purposes of the Program; requiring the Maryland Higher Education Commission to
5 administer the Program, develop a certain form, and designate certain campuses at
6 certain public institutions of higher education as hunger–free campuses using
7 certain criteria; authorizing certain public institutions of higher education to develop
8 certain procedures; requiring certain public institutions of higher education to make
9 certain information publicly available; requiring the Governor, beginning in a
10 certain fiscal year, to include in the annual budget bill a certain appropriation for
11 the Program; requiring the Commission to allocate grant funding to certain public
12 institutions of higher education; requiring the Commission to determine the amount
13 of grant funding to each eligible public institution of higher education; requiring the
14 Commission to include a certain plan in a certain strategic plan; requiring the
15 Commission to adopt certain regulations to carry out the requirements of this Act;
16 requiring the Commission to report to the Governor and the General Assembly on
17 the implementation of this Act within a certain time period; defining certain terms;
18 and generally relating to the Hunger–Free Campus Grant Program.
19 BY adding to
20 Article – Education
21 Section 11–1701 through 11–1706 to be under the new subtitle “Subtitle 17.
22 Hunger–Free Campus Grant Program”
23 Annotated Code of Maryland
24 (2018 Replacement Volume and 2020 Supplement)
25 SECTION 1. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF MARYLAND,
26 That the Laws of Maryland read as follows:
27 Article – Education
EXPLANATION: CAPITALS INDICATE MATTER ADDED TO EXISTING LAW.
[Brackets] indicate matter deleted from existing law.
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1 SUBTITLE 17. HUNGER–FREE CAMPUS GRANT PROGRAM.
2 11–1701.
3 (A) IN THIS SUBTITLE THE FOLLOWING WORDS HAVE THE MEANINGS
4 INDICATED.
5 (B) “EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE” MEANS IMMEDIATE DIRECT ASSISTANCE
6 PROVIDED BY A HUNGER–FREE CAMPUS TO ANY STUDENT FACING AN
7 UNANTICIPATED FINANCIAL CRISIS OR HARDSHIP.
8 (C) “HUNGER–FREE CAMPUS” MEANS A CAMPUS OF ANY 4–YEAR PUBLIC
9 INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION THAT MEETS THE REQUIREMENTS OF §
10 11–1703(A) OF THIS SUBTITLE OR ANY 2–YEAR PUBLIC INSTITUTION OF HIGHER
11 EDUCATION THAT MEETS THE REQUIREMENTS OF § 11–1703(B) OF THIS SUBTITLE.
12 (D) “PROGRAM” MEANS THE HUNGER–FREE CAMPUS GRANT PROGRAM.
13 11–1702.
14 (A) THERE IS A HUNGER–FREE CAMPUS GRANT PROGRAM.
15 (B) THE PURPOSE OF THE PROGRAM IS TO:
16 (1) ADDRESS STUDENT HUNGER;
17 (2)
LEVERAGE MORE SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS TO ADDRESS BASIC
18 FOOD NEEDS ON CAMPUS;
19 (3)
RAISE AWARENESS OF SERVICES CURRENTLY OFFERED ON
20 CAMPUS THAT ADDRESS BASIC FOOD NEEDS; AND
21 (4)
BUILD STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS AT THE LOCAL, STATE, AND
22 NATIONAL LEVELS TO ADDRESS FOOD INSECURITY AMONG STUDENTS.
23 (C) (1) THE COMMISSION SHALL ADMINISTER THE PROGRAM.
24 (2)
THE COMMISSION SHALL DEVELOP THE FORM TO BE USED FOR
25 THE ANNUAL STUDENT SURVEY REQUIRED UNDER § 11–1703 OF THIS SUBTITLE.
26 11–1703.
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1 (A) THE COMMISSION SHALL DESIGNATE AS A HUNGER–FREE CAMPUS ANY
2 CAMPUS OF A 4–YEAR PUBLIC INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION THAT:
3 (1) HAS ESTABLISHED A HUNGER TASK FORCE THAT:
4 (I) MEETS AT LEAST THREE TIMES PER ACADEMIC YEAR; AND
5 (II) SETS AT LEAST TWO GOALS WITH ACTION PLANS;
6 (2) HAS DESIGNATED A STAFF MEMBER RESPONSIBLE FOR:
7 (I) ASSISTING STUDENTS IN ENROLLING IN THE
8 SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM; OR
9 (II)
CONNECTING STUDENTS WITH AVAILABLE SUPPLEMENTAL
10 NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OUTREACH PARTNERS THAT CAN ASSIST
11 STUDENTS IN ENROLLING IN THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE
12 PROGRAM;
13 (3) HAS DESIGNATED A STAFF MEMBER RESPONSIBLE FOR
14 INFORMING STUDENTS PARTICIPATING IN FEDERAL WORK–STUDY PROGRAMS THAT
15 THEY ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM;
16 (4)(I) PROVIDES OPTIONS FOR STUDENTS TO UTILIZE
17 SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM BENEFITS AT CAMPUS
18 RETAILERS; OR
19 (II) PROVIDES STUDENTS WITH INFORMATION ON THE NAMES
20 AND LOCATIONS OF OFF–CAMPUS RETAILERS THAT ACCEPT SUPPLEMENTAL
21 NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM BENEFITS;
22 (5) PARTICIPATES IN AN AWARENESS DAY CAMPAIGN ACTIVITY AND
23 PLANS AT LEAST ONE CAMPUS AWARENESS EVENT DURING THE NATIONAL HUNGER
24 AND HOMELESSNESS AWARENESS WEEK;
25 (6)PROVIDES AT LEAST ONE FOOD PANTRY ON CAMPUS, OR ENABLES
26 STUDENTS IN NEED TO RECEIVE FOOD THROUGH A SEPARATE, STIGMA–FREE
27 ARRANGEMENT;
28 (7) DEVELOPS AND MAINTAINS A MEAL–SHARING PROGRAM THAT
29 ALLOWS STUDENTS TO DONATE THEIR UNUSED MEAL PLAN CREDITS TO BE
30 DISTRIBUTED TO STUDENTS IN NEED FOR USE IN CAMPUS DINING HALLS OR AT AN
31 ON–CAMPUS FOOD PANTRY;
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1 (8)CONDUCTS A STANDARDIZED ANNUAL STUDENT SURVEY ON
2 HUNGER AND SUBMITS THE RESULTS TO THE COMMISSION; AND
3 (9)SUBMITS AN ANNUAL REPORT DETAILING ITS EFFORTS TO
4 ADDRESS STUDENT HUNGER TO THE COMMISSION.
5 (B) THE COMMISSION SHALL DESIGNATE AS A HUNGER–FREE CAMPUS ANY
6 CAMPUS OF A 2–YEAR PUBLIC INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION THAT MEETS
7 ALL OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR 4–YEAR PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER
8 EDUCATION IDENTIFIED IN SUBSECTION (A) OF THIS SECTION, WITH THE
9 EXCEPTION OF THE REQUIREMENTS IN SUBSECTION (A)(4) AND (7) OF THIS
10 SECTION.
11 (C) (1) EACH 4–YEAR PUBLIC INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION MAY
12 DEVELOP ITS OWN PROCEDURES FOR A MEAL–SHARING PROGRAM.
13 (2) THE 4–YEAR PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION
14 SHALL MAKE INFORMATION ABOUT THE MEAL–SHARING PROGRAM PUBLICLY
15 AVAILABLE, INCLUDING:
16 (I) HOW A STUDENT MAY DONATE UNUSED MEAL PLAN
17 CREDITS;
18 (II) HOW A STUDENT IN NEED MAY APPLY TO RECEIVE DONATED
19 MEAL PLAN CREDITS; AND
20 (III) THE METHODOLOGY THAT A 4–YEAR PUBLIC INSTITUTION
21 OF HIGHER EDUCATION USES TO ENSURE THAT UNUSED DONATED MEAL PLAN
22 CREDITS ARE USED TO PURCHASE FOOD TO SUPPORT AN ON–CAMPUS FOOD PANTRY.
23 11–1704.
24 FOR FISCAL YEAR 2023 AND EACH FISCAL YEAR THEREAFTER, THE
25 GOVERNOR SHALL INCLUDE IN THE ANNUAL BUDGET BILL AN APPROPRIATION OF
26 $150,000 FOR THE PROGRAM.
27 11–1705.
28 (A) THE COMMISSION SHALL ALLOCATE GRANT FUNDING TO ANY
29 4–YEAR OR 2–YEAR PUBLIC INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION THAT:
30 (1) PLEDGES A MATCHING CONTRIBUTION TO BE USED TO
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1 IMPLEMENT THE GOALS OF THE PROGRAM; AND
2 (2) IS DESIGNATED AS A HUNGER–FREE CAMPUS.
3 (B) THE COMMISSION SHALL DETERMINE THE AMOUNT OF EACH GRANT.
4 (C) THE COMMISSION SHALL INCORPORATE INTO THE 2026–2030 STATE
5 PLAN FOR HIGHER EDUCATION A PLAN FOR ADDRESSING ANY BASIC NEEDS
6 INSECURITY OF HIGHER EDUCATION STUDENTS.
7 (D) (1) THE COMMISSION SHALL ADOPT REGULATIONS NECESSARY TO
8 CARRY OUT THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS SUBTITLE.
9 (2) THE REGULATIONS ADOPTED UNDER THIS SUBSECTION SHALL
10 ALLOW GRANT RECIPIENTS TO USE GRANT FUNDS FLEXIBLY TO IMPLEMENT THE
11 GOALS OF THE PROGRAM, INCLUDING GIVING RECIPIENTS THE ABILITY TO:
12 (I) SUPPORT EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE;
13 (II) HIRE STAFF TO MANAGE INITIATIVES RELATED TO THE
14 PROGRAM; AND
15 (III) USE GRANT FUNDS FOR OPERATIONAL ACTIVITIES
16 RELATED TO THE PROGRAM.
17 11–1706.
18 (A) NOT LATER THAN 2 YEARS AFTER ESTABLISHING THE PROGRAM, THE
19 COMMISSION SHALL REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR AND, IN ACCORDANCE WITH §
20 2–1257 OF THE STATE GOVERNMENT ARTICLE, THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON THE
21 IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS SUBTITLE.
22 (B) THE REPORT SHALL INCLUDE:
23 (1) THE NUMBER AND AMOUNTS OF GRANTS AWARDED;
24 (2) THE IMPACT OF THE PROGRAM ON ESTABLISHING HUNGER–FREE
25 CAMPUSES AT PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION;
26 (3) THE IMPACT OF AWARDED GRANTS ON REDUCING THE NUMBER
27 OF STUDENTS EXPERIENCING FOOD INSECURITY; AND
28 (4) RECOMMENDATIONS ON EXPANDING THE PROGRAM.
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1 SECTION 2. AND BE IT FURTHER ENACTED, That this Act shall take effect
2 October 1, 2021.

Statutes affected:
Text - First - Higher Education - Hunger-Free Campus Grant Program - Established: 11-1701 Education, 11-1703 Education, 11-1702 Education, 11-1703 Education, 11-1704 Education, 11-1705 Education, 11-1706 Education, 21-257 Education