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Text of the Community Food Security Act of 1995

This bill was introduced on July 11, 1995, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Jul 11, 1995 (Introduced).

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HR 2003 IH

104th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2003

To authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to make temporary assistance available to support community food security projects designed to meet the food needs of low-income people, increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for their own food needs, and promote comprehensive, inclusive, and future-oriented solutions to local food, farm, and nutrition problems.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 11, 1995

Mr. DE LA GARZA (for himself, Mr. EMERSON, Mr. BALDACCI, Mr. BROWN of California, Ms. DELAURO, Mr. DELLUMS, Mr. FARR, Mr. FAZIO of California, Mr. FRANK of Massachusetts, Mr. FROST, Mr. GEJDENSON, Mr. HALL of Ohio, Ms. KAPTUR, Mrs. KENNELLY, Mr. OLVER, Mr. PASTOR, Mr. SANDERS, Mr. STENHOLM, and Mr. WILSON) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Agriculture


A BILL

To authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to make temporary assistance available to support community food security projects designed to meet the food needs of low-income people, increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for their own food needs, and promote comprehensive, inclusive, and future-oriented solutions to local food, farm, and nutrition problems.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘Community Food Security Act of 1995’.

SEC. 2. ASSISTANCE FOR COMMUNITY FOOD SECURITY PROJECTS.

    (a) COMMUNITY FOOD SECURITY PROJECTS DEFINED- For purposes of this section, the term ‘community food security project’ means a community-based project that requires a one-time infusion of Federal assistance to become self-sustaining and that is designed to meet the food needs of low-income people, increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for their own food needs, and promote comprehensive, inclusive, and future-oriented solutions to local food, farm, and nutrition problems.

    (b) AUTHORITY TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE- The Secretary of Agriculture may make grants to assist eligible entities to establish and carry out community food security projects.

    (c) ELIGIBLE ENTITIES- To be eligible for a grant under subsection (b), an entity must meet all of the following criteria:

      (1) The entity must have experience in the area of--

        (A) community food work, including the development of new markets in low-income communities for agricultural producers, particularly small and medium-sized farms; or

        (B) job training and business development activities for food-related businesses in low-income communities.

      (2) The entity must demonstrate competency to implement a project, provide fiscal accountability, collect data, and prepare reports and other necessary documentation.

      (3) The entity must demonstrate a willingness to participate in an ongoing assessment of regional food security and to share information with researchers, practitioners, and other interested parties.

    (d) PREFERENCE FOR CERTAIN PROJECTS- In selecting community food security projects to be supported by grants under subsection (b), the Secretary shall give a preference to projects designed--

      (1) to develop linkages between two or more sectors of the food system;

      (2) to support the development of entrepreneurial solutions to local food problems;

      (3) to develop innovative linkages between the for-profit and nonprofit food sectors; or

      (4) to encourage long-term planning activities and multi-system, interagency approaches.

    (e) MATCHING FUNDS REQUIREMENTS-

      (1) REQUIREMENTS- The Federal share of the cost of establishing or carrying out a community food security project that receives assistance under subsection (b) may not exceed 50 percent of such cost during the term of the grant.

      (2) CALCULATION- In providing for the remaining share of the cost of carrying out a community food security project, the entity receiving the grant shall provide for such share through a payment in cash or in kind, fairly evaluated, including facilities, equipment, or services. The entity may provide for such share through private, State, or local sources.

    (f) TERM OF GRANT- A particular community food security project may be supported by only a single grant under subsection (b). The term of the grant may not exceed three years.

    (g) TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND RELATED INFORMATION- The Secretary shall provide technical assistance regarding community food security projects, processes, and development to entities seeking such information. The Secretary shall provide for the sharing of information about community food security projects and issues among and between government, private for-profit and nonprofit groups, and the public through publications, conferences, and other appropriate forums. The Secretary shall also participate in assessments of regional food security and share information with researchers, practitioners, and other interested parties.

    (h) EVALUATION- The Secretary shall provide for the evaluation of the success of community food security projects supported using funds under this section. Not later than January 30, 2000, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report regarding the results of the evaluation.

    (i) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS- There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary $2,500,000 for each of the fiscal years 1996 through 2000 to carry out this section.