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Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin

To: School Nutrition Program Sponsors, County Superintendents of Schools, Diocesan Superintendents of Schools, Child and Adult Care Food Program Sponsors, Child Care Centers

Number: 02-139,  02-231

Attention: Food Program Director

Date: December 2002

Subject: Assembly Bill 2024, Chapter 646, Statutes of 2002: Before and After School Learning Programs: Nutrition Education

Reference: California Education Code Section 8482.3; Assembly Bill 2024

This Management Bulletin provides information regarding Assembly Bill 2024 (Chapter 646, Statutes of 2002), signed into law in September 2002. This bill amends the California Education Code (EC) to add nutrition education to the activities that may be provided in the educational enrichment component of the Before and After School Learning and Safe Neighborhoods Partnership Program.

The intent of this legislation is "to combat childhood obesity by encouraging after school programs to include nutrition education as a component of their educational enrichment programs." The legislation does not require after school programs to teach nutrition education; however, by including nutrition education in the recommended curriculum, schools are encouraged to educate children on the importance of healthy eating.

EC Section 8482.3(c) is amended to read:

"Each component of a program established pursuant to this article shall consist of the following two components:

  1. An educational and literacy component whereby tutoring or homework assistance is provided in one or more of the following areas: language arts, mathematics, history and social science, or science.
  2. A component whereby educational enrichment, which may include, but need not be limited to, nutrition education, recreation, and prevention activities, is provided."

AB 2024 is available at

Questions:   School Nutrition Programs Unit | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Thursday, February 16, 2017
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