An Act To Establish the Fund To Support Local Fruits and Vegetables Purchasing
Sec. 1. 7 MRSA §219-A is enacted to read:
§ 219-A. Fund To Support Local Fruits and Vegetables Purchasing
Sec. 2. Appropriations and allocations. The following appropriations and allocations are made.
AGRICULTURE, CONSERVATION AND FORESTRY, DEPARTMENT OF
Fund To Support Local Fruits and Vegetables Purchasing
Initiative: Provides funding to capitalize the Fund To Support Local Fruits and Vegetables Purchasing for use in conjunction with federal food and nutrition assistance programs to incentivize the purchase of locally grown fruits and vegetables.
|GENERAL FUND TOTAL||$250,000||$250,000|
This bill establishes the Fund To Support Local Fruits and Vegetables Purchasing within the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to provide incentives to federal food and nutrition assistance program participants for the purchase of locally grown fruits and vegetables and to support outreach for and administration of programs that offer nutrition incentives to participants of federal food and nutrition assistance programs. Fund recipients must be state-based organizations that support local food producers, local food production or low-income individuals in receiving food and nutrition assistance, with priority to organizations that have a demonstrated history of incentivizing the use of federal food and nutrition assistance programs to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables or that demonstrate the ability to leverage the proceeds to match or receive additional funds from local, state, federal or private sources. The bill provides reporting and audit requirements for recipients to ensure proper use of the funds and appropriates funds to capitalize the fund.