H.R.4833 - Food Deserts Act of 2016114th Congress (2015-2016)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Carson, Andre [D-IN-7] (Introduced 03/22/2016)|
|Committees:||House - Agriculture|
|Latest Action:||House - 03/31/2016 Referred to the Subcommittee on Nutrition. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.4833 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (03/22/2016)
Food Deserts Act of 2016
This bill establishes a Department of Agriculture program to provide grants to states for revolving funds to support the establishment and operation of grocery stores in underserved communities.
An underserved community is a community that has: (1) limited access to affordable, healthy foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables, in grocery retail stores or farmer-to-consumer direct markets; and (2) a high rate of hunger or food insecurity or a high poverty rate.
States must use the funds to make loans to support grocery stores in underserved communities, including for:
- opening a store (excluding new construction),
- supporting an existing store,
- purchasing an existing store, or
- supporting a store located in a community that would be underserved without the store.
States may only make loans for qualified grocery stores that:
- emphasize unprocessed, healthful foods;
- provide staple foods and a variety of raw fruits and vegetables;
- have a plan to keep the foods in stock; and
- charge prices at or below municipal averages.
States must prioritize loan applications from entities that meet criteria, including:
- hiring workers from the underserved community,
- providing classes or educational information about a healthful diet,
- sourcing food from local urban farms and gardens,
- not selling alcohol or tobacco products, or
- demonstrating existing supply chain relationships or expertise in the grocery industry.