H.R.3104 - Food Deserts Act of 2017115th Congress (2017-2018) |
|Sponsor:||Rep. Carson, Andre [D-IN-7] (Introduced 06/29/2017)|
|Committees:||House - Agriculture|
|Latest Action:||House - 07/24/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Nutrition. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.3104 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (06/29/2017)
Food Deserts Act of 2017
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 or 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 grocery stores that meet requirements related to:
- emphasizing unprocessed, healthful foods;
- providing staple foods and a variety of raw fruits and vegetables;
- having a plan to keep the foods in stock;
- charging prices at or below market averages;
- meeting specified matching requirements using non-federal funds; and
- being qualified to operate a store or having partnerships with organizations that provide technical assistance.
States must prioritize loan applications from entities that meet criteria related to:
- 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.