2020 Illinois Compiled Statutes
Chapter 105 - SCHOOLS
105 ILCS 123/ - Hunger-Free Students' Bill of Rights Act.

(105 ILCS 123/1)

Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Hunger-Free Students' Bill of Rights Act.

(Source: P.A. 100-1092, eff. 8-26-18.)


(105 ILCS 123/5)

Sec. 5. Definition. In this Act, "school" means any public or private elementary or secondary school that participates in a United States Department of Agriculture child nutrition program.

(Source: P.A. 100-1092, eff. 8-26-18.)


(105 ILCS 123/10)

Sec. 10. Reimbursable meal or snack.

(a) Every school in this State shall provide a federally reimbursable meal or snack to a student of that school who requests the meal or snack, regardless of whether the student has the ability to pay for the meal or snack or owes money for earlier meals or snacks. The school may not provide a student requesting a meal or snack under this subsection (a) an alternate meal or snack that is different from the other meals or snacks provided to students in that school and may not prohibit or prevent a student from accessing the school's meal or snack services.

(b) If a student owes money for meals or snacks that is in excess of the equivalent of the amount charged a student for 5 lunches, or a lower amount as determined by the student's school district or private school, a school may reach out to the parent or guardian of the student to attempt collection of the owed money and to request that the parent or guardian apply for meal benefits in a federal or State child nutrition program. If the amount owed by a student for meals or snacks is owed and payable to a school district in an amount that is no less than $500 and the school district has made reasonable efforts to collect the debt from the student's parent or guardian for at least one year, the school district may seek an offset under the State Comptroller Act.

(Source: P.A. 100-1092, eff. 8-26-18.)


(105 ILCS 123/15)

Sec. 15. Anti-stigmatization practices. A school may not publicly identify or stigmatize a student who cannot pay for a meal or snack or who owes money for a meal or snack in a manner that includes, but is not limited to:

  • (1) requiring the student to wear a wristband;
  • (2) giving the student a hand stamp;
  • (3) requiring the student to throw away a meal or snack after being served;
  • (4) requiring the student to sit in a separate location;
  • (5) publicly posting the name of the student; or
  • (6) any other action that would stigmatize the student.

(Source: P.A. 100-1092, eff. 8-26-18.)


(105 ILCS 123/99)

Sec. 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon becoming law.

(Source: P.A. 100-1092, eff. 8-26-18.)

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