|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 04, 2012||referred to health|
|May 02, 2011||referred to health|
senate Bill S4955
Archive: Last Bill Status -
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S4955 - Details
S4955 - Summary
Authorizes the department of health to implement a community food security, empowerment and economic development program (SEED) to help meet the food need of low-income people and promote comprehensive responses to local food, farm and nutrition issues; provides grants for the cost of program projects which will be available to non-profit organizations and local governments, with limited partnership with for-profit enterprises; makes related provisions.
S4955 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S4955 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to creating a food security, empowerment and economic development program PURPOSE: Develop demonstration projects to increase the self sufficiency of low-income communities in providing for their food needs. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Adds a new Article 27-FF to the Public Health Law creating the Community Food Security, Empowerment and Economic Development (SEED) Program. This program will support projects designed to: increase the availability of culturally acceptable, affordable, nutritionally adequate food, from local sources whenever possible; develop linkages between local farmers and communities served by the projects; support job development and training; support entrepreneurship; and encourage community collaboration and decision making in the development of projects. Projects will be designed to become self-sustaining. An advisory council, composed of twelve members with expertise in community food security, shall assist the commissioner in the development of the programs and review of grant applications. Six members shall be appointed by the Governor, two by the Speaker of the
S4955 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 4955 2011-2012 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E May 2, 2011 ___________ Introduced by Sen. BALL -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to creating a food security, empowerment and economic development program THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative intent. The legislature finds there is a need for community economic development to improve the food system in areas where there is an inadequate food supply and many residents who rely on fluctuating government and private food assistance. There is a need to develop food resources and businesses in these communities that provide higher quality, more accessible food. The legislature also finds that local farmers and food producers can and should benefit from these efforts. The legislature further finds that as the federal government and New York state attempt to reduce dependency on government, there is a need to support families leaving public assistance for work. One approach to increasing work opportunities and addressing the food needs in these communities is through the development of "community food security", which is defined as people successfully obtaining an acceptable, nutri- tious diet using local non-emergency sources. Community food security projects are designed to meet the food needs of low income people, increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for their own food needs, and promote comprehensive responses to local food, farm and nutrition issues. For example, these projects provide training in urban gardening and sales, assist entrepreneurs starting micro-enterprises, support farmers' markets in distressed neighborhoods and provide food-based educational opportunities for schools. The legislature supports the goals of self-reliance, community-based economic development, profitable local agriculture, improved nutrition EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02482-01-1
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