Vitelli bill to help Maine schools buy fresh, local produce signed into law

Posted: July 01, 2019 | Senator Vitelli

AUGUSTA — Legislation from Sen. Eloise Vitelli, D-Arrowsic, that will help more Maine kids get access to fresh fruits and vegetables, was signed into law by Gov. Janet Mills on Friday. LD 454, “An Act To Encourage the Purchase of Local Produce for Public Schools,” will encourage public schools in Maine to buy and serve local produce.

“This bill will help Maine farmers find buyers for their produce, and help Maine students have greater access to fresh, healthy meals,” said Sen. Vitelli. “I’m glad Gov. Mills has signed this legislation into law, to the benefit of our local growers and children.”

LD 454 will provide the funding and staffing needed to give local schools and nutrition directors the resources they need to purchase and serve locally grown foods.

The law will go into effect on Sept. 19, which is 90 days after the Legislature adjourned sine die.