senate Bill S4955

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Relates to the implementation of a food security, empowerment and economic development program

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
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Jan 04, 2012 referred to health
May 02, 2011 referred to health

S4955 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 27-FF ยงยง2790 - 2792, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:

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

S4955 - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K


                       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


  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
  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
  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.


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