IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
January 22, 2021
Mr. Scott of South Carolina (for himself, Mr. Murphy, Mr. Boozman, Mr. Booker, Mr. Cornyn, Mr. Warner, Mr. Graham, Ms. Sinema, and Mr. Blumenthal) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
To authorize the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to approve State and local plans to partner with small and mid-size restaurants and nonprofit organizations to provide nutritious meals to individuals in need, to waive certain matching fund requirements, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
FEMA Empowering Essential Deliveries Act or the
State and local plans for meal delivery
During the period following the emergency declaration issued by the President on March 13, 2020, pursuant to section 501(b) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5191(b)), and under any subsequent major disaster declaration under section 401 of such Act (42 U.S.C. 5170) that supersedes such emergency declaration, the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency may approve plans from State, local, and Indian tribal governments that meet the requirements of subsection (b).
To be eligible to provide food services set forth in this subsection, a State, local, or Indian tribal government shall establish a network to coordinate food distribution and delivery that includes a detailed plan to—
establish contracts with small and mid-sized restaurants and non-profits, including faith-based organizations and soup kitchens to prepare healthy meals for people in need; and
partner with non-profit organizations, including faith-based organizations and soup kitchens to purchase directly from food producers and farmers.
Waiver of matching requirements
During the period referred to in subsection (a), the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency shall waive the matching requirements in sections 403(b) and 503(a) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5170b(b), 5193(a)).