IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
May 23 (legislative day, May 22), 2019
Mr. Manchin introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
To amend the Older Americans Act of 1965 to establish a competitive grant program to enable States to purchase, customize, or repair vehicles with hot and cold food storage for delivering meals to older individuals through the Congregate Nutrition Program or the Home-Delivered Nutrition Program.
This Act may be cited as the
Helping Our Most Elderly Secure Meals Act or the
HOME Meals Act.
Grants for vehicles with hot and cold food storage for meal delivery to older individuals
Subpart 3 of part C of title III of the Older Americans Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 3030g–21 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:
Grants for vehicles with hot and cold food storage for meal delivery
The Assistant Secretary shall award grants in accordance with subsection (c) on a competitive basis to States receiving a grant under section 331 or 336 to enable such States to purchase, customize, or repair vehicles meeting the requirement under subsection (b) to be used in delivering meals to older individuals through a nutrition project supported under either such section.
The requirement under this subsection is that the vehicle has the capability to safely store hot food and cold food, as determined by the Assistant Secretary, while delivering meals.
Application and selection process
A State receiving a grant under section 331 or 336 that seeks a grant under this section shall submit an application to the Assistant Secretary at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Assistant Secretary may reasonably require, including the demonstrations described in subparagraph (B).
An application under this paragraph shall contain a demonstration—
of how the State submitting the application will use the grant to enhance the delivery of services to older individuals with greatest economic need and older individuals with greatest social need; and
that a program is in effect within the State, on the date on which the State submits the application, to use vehicles meeting the requirement under subsection (b) to provide nutrition services under section 331 or 336.
The Assistant Secretary, in selecting States meeting the requirements under paragraph (1) to receive a grant under this section, shall give preference to—
States with a high percentage of individuals who are 60 years of age or older; and
States with a high rate of individuals at or below the poverty line.
A grant awarded under this section shall be for an amount that is equal to or less than $3,000,000.
Authorization of appropriations
There is authorized to be appropriated $60,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2020 through 2024 to carry out this section.