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S. 19: FEED Act


The text of the bill below is as of Jan 22, 2021 (Introduced).


II

117th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 19

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

January 22, 2021

(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

A BILL

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.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the FEMA Empowering Essential Deliveries Act or the FEED Act.

2.

State and local plans for meal delivery

(a)

In general

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).

(b)

Requirements

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—

(1)

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

(2)

partner with non-profit organizations, including faith-based organizations and soup kitchens to purchase directly from food producers and farmers.

(c)

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)).