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A05781 Summary:

BILL NOA05781A
 
SAME ASSAME AS S04892-A
 
SPONSORCruz
 
COSPNSRLupardo, Barron, Aubry, Gunther, Kelles, Steck, Fernandez, Clark, Thiele, Rodriguez, Jackson, DeStefano, Forrest, Englebright, Gottfried, Simon, Tague, Stirpe, Jensen, Hawley, Manktelow, Salka
 
MLTSPNSRMiller B
 
Add Art 27 §§450 - 452, Ag & Mkts L
 
Establishes the Nourish New York program to facilitate programming that ensures that certain surplus agricultural products are provided to food relief organizations at competitive wholesale prices.
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A05781 Actions:

BILL NOA05781A
 
02/25/2021referred to agriculture
03/08/2021amend and recommit to agriculture
03/08/2021print number 5781a
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A05781 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A5781A
 
SPONSOR: Cruz
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to the Nourish New York program   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of the legislation is to create the Nourish NY program permanently in the Agriculture & Markets Law   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section. 1: - Declaration of Legislative Findings & Intent Creates defi- nitions used in the creation language for the Nourish NY program Estab- lishes the Nourish NY program as a new Section 452 of the Ag & Markets Law The Commissioner of Ag&Mkts, in consultation with the DOH, will review the Hunger Prevention Nutrition Assistance Program (HPNAP) The Commissioner of Ag&Mkts will review and report on the need to establish a grant program for cold storage equipment purchase Section 2: Effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: While the Nourish New York program was developed in response to disrupted food supply chains due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has emerged as an important innovation, significantly supporting the state's farms while providing nourishing fresh foods to people experiencing food insecurity. The COVID-19 crisis unveiled the weaknesses in our state's food supply system. and has caused serious economic hardships for the state's farms and agribusinesses. But, in the 10 months since its incep- tion, Nourish New York has already strengthened the state's food supply network and expanded markets for New York farm products. The local food movement has also gained significant momentum during the pandemic, with increasing numbers of New Yorkers wanting to know where their food is sourced. This presents the state with a major opportunity to support our local economies and create greater equity in our food system by provid- ing greater access to local, healthy options in food-insecure areas through making the Nourish New York program permanent. This legislation addresses the need to support the Nourish NY program and moves to improve the funding for emergency food distribution and its structure through a review of the Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program and our State's Food Bank system. Growing rates of hunger and food insecurity were exacerbated by the Covid-19 Pandemic and the need to review how New York's emergency food system can be improved through increased funding and system changes is now very clear. As we are all now well aware, the current funding levels for HPNAP have been deemed inappropriate by anti-hunger advocates and the current level of funding fails to meet the standard of providing three full meals per day for at least three days per week. In addition: * Pre-pandemic, some 2.7 million New Yorkers already depended daily on SNAP (food stamps) to put food on their table; * Prior to the 2017 boom in employment rates, NYS had over 3.1 million on SNAP; * That is one in six New Yorkers needing help to buy food; * Simultaneously, food banks and food pantries have been operating but with outdated funding and structural shortfalls to deal with the growing need to feed the growing indigent; * New York State has the dubious distinction of having three of its largest cities as TOP TEN in the nation their size with the highest rates of poverty; * Child poverty rates in some upstate cities have crossed the 65% mark. (that is a child living in a family of 4 making less than $26,000 per year); and * Elderly poverty rates are an embarrassment to our state and nation as in some communities 70% of minority women over 80 years of age live below the federal poverty line for a single individual. In a nutshell, NYS has an inadequate emergency food system that needs review, updating, additional funding, and other structural changes to meet the growing demand to combat hunger and food insecurity. This bill sets this process in motion.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Legislation   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: TBD   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately and with a report due to the Governor and Legislature no later than February 1, 2022.
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A05781 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                         5781--A
 
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    February 25, 2021
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of A. CRUZ, LUPARDO, BARRON, AUBRY, GUNTHER, KELLES,
          STECK, FERNANDEZ, CLARK,  THIELE,  RODRIGUEZ,  JACKSON,  DeSTEFANO  --
          Multi-Sponsored  by -- M. of A. B. MILLER -- read once and referred to
          the Committee on Agriculture -- committee  discharged,  bill  amended,
          ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

        AN  ACT  to  amend  the  agriculture and markets law, in relation to the
          Nourish New York program
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section  1. The agriculture and markets law is amended by adding a new
     2  article 27 to read as follows:
     3                                 ARTICLE 27
     4                              NOURISH NEW YORK
     5  Section 450. Declaration of legislative findings and intent.
     6          451. Definitions.
     7          452. Nourish New York program.
     8    § 450. Declaration of legislative findings and intent. While the Nour-
     9  ish New York program was developed in response to disrupted food  supply
    10  chains  due  to  the  COVID-19  pandemic, it has emerged as an important
    11  innovation, significantly supporting the state's farms  while  providing
    12  nourishing  fresh  foods  to  people  experiencing  food insecurity. The
    13  COVID-19 crisis unveiled the  weaknesses  in  our  state's  food  supply
    14  system  and  has caused serious economic hardships for the state's farms
    15  and agribusinesses.  But, in the ten months since its inception, Nourish
    16  New York has already strengthened the state's food  supply  network  and
    17  expanded markets for New York farm products. The local food movement has
    18  also  gained  significant  momentum during the pandemic, with increasing
    19  numbers of New Yorkers wanting to know  where  their  food  is  sourced.
    20  This  presents  the  state with a major opportunity to support our local
    21  economies and create greater equity in  our  food  system  by  providing
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD09808-07-1

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     1  greater  access to local, healthy options in food insecure areas through
     2  making the Nourish New York program permanent.
     3    §  451.  Definitions.  1. "Food relief organization" means a religious
     4  organization or other not-for-profit that  provides  food  for  free  to
     5  persons  experiencing  food  insecurity,  including but not limited to a
     6  food pantry, food bank, or soup kitchen or community-based  organization
     7  that provides food for free to persons experiencing food insecurity.
     8    2. "Surplus agricultural products" means consumable or edible agricul-
     9  tural  products  grown  in  New  York  but shall not include condiments,
    10  sweeteners or beverages containing alcohol.
    11    § 452. Nourish New York program. 1. The  commissioner  shall,  to  the
    12  extent  permitted  by  state or federal appropriations for such purpose,
    13  facilitate programming that ensures surplus  agricultural  products  are
    14  provided to food relief organizations at competitive wholesale prices.
    15    2. The commissioner shall provide technical assistance and information
    16  about  the  program  to  food relief organizations, producers of surplus
    17  agricultural products and the public, including,  but  not  limited  to,
    18  information posted on the department's website.
    19    3.  The commissioner shall provide means, which may include posting on
    20  the department's website, for producers to make available surplus  agri-
    21  cultural  products  and  for food relief organizations to access surplus
    22  agricultural products.
    23    4. The commissioner, in consultation with the  department  of  health,
    24  shall review the current funding structure, funding adequacy and current
    25  service  levels of the hunger prevention nutrition assistance program in
    26  all regions of the state. Review of current service  levels  shall  take
    27  into  account  the  size  of the service area, the population in need of
    28  such hunger prevention nutrition assistance program  and  the  need  for
    29  additional  facilities  within  a  region in order to address increasing
    30  food insecurity and hunger.  Following  such  review,  the  commissioner
    31  shall make and report any recommendations, including but not limited to,
    32  increasing the maximum amount of money each food pantry may be allocated
    33  by  such  program,  whether  such  program funding should be indexed for
    34  inflation annually, and any  structural  and  funding  adequacy  changes
    35  deemed necessary.
    36    5. The commissioner shall review and report on the need to establish a
    37  grant  program  to  fund  the  purchase  of  cold  storage equipment for
    38  regional food banks, food pantries and other  emergency  food  organiza-
    39  tions.  Such  grant  program  shall prioritize regions of the state that
    40  have the highest demand for emergency food  and  regions  of  the  state
    41  where regional food banks and pantries have determined the need for more
    42  capacity  to  safely  store perishable food before such food is distrib-
    43  uted.  Such report shall be completed and submitted to the governor  and
    44  the legislature no later than February first, two thousand twenty-two.
    45    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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