Senate approves Vitelli bill to put more local food in Maine schools

Posted: May 22, 2019 | Senator Vitelli

On Tuesday the Maine Senate voted unanimously in support of legislation from Sen. Eloise Vitelli, D-Arrowsic, to increase the amount of local food served in Maine schools.

The bill — LD 454 “An Act To Encourage the Purchase of Local Produce for Public Schools” — provides the funding and staffing needed to give local schools and nutrition directors the resources they need to purchase and serve locally grown foods.

“Today’s vote shows the breadth of support for bringing more local foods into Maine schools,” said Sen. Vitelli. “It’s a win for everyone. We’ll be providing markets for local growers and producers; exposing our kids to a variety of new, fresh, healthy and nutritious food; and connecting our students to their local farmers and a stronger understanding of where their food comes from before it appears on their lunch trays.”

LD 454 will now be subject to further votes in the Maine Senate and House.