(a) The Legislature finds and declares as follows:
(1) Proper nutrition for children is a matter of the highest state priority.
(2) There is a demonstrated relationship between the good nutrition practices on a year-round basis and the capacity of children to develop and learn.
(3) Teaching the principles of good nutrition in schools is urgently needed to assist children at all income levels in developing proper eating habits that are essential for lifelong good health and productivity.
(b) The Legislature finds and declares that it is essential that schools, local governing boards, parents, and communities provide leadership and support for the establishment of nutrition program services for children on a year-round basis. The nutritional needs of children must continue to be met when school is not in session.
(c) The Legislature further recognizes the need to establish a permanent funding plan in order to provide qualifying local agencies with continuous financial support for the operation of child nutrition programs.
(Added by Stats. 1992, Ch. 948, Sec. 1.)