101ST GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2019 and 2020
Introduced , by Rep. Sonya M. Harper
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Creates the Healthy Food Program Development Act. Provides that the
Department of Agriculture may coordinate with the Department of Commerce
and Economic Opportunity to establish a Healthy Food Development Program to
expand access to healthy foods in eligible areas in the State by providing
assistance to grocery stores, corner stores, farmers' markets, and other
small food retailers. Provides that the benefits provided shall be awarded
to grocery stores, corner stores, farmers' markets, and other small food
retailers in eligible areas on a competitive basis, with priority given to
projects with the greatest potential impact on expanding access to healthy
foods ineligible areas that are underserved by retail sales of healthy food
in the State. Provides requirements for participation in the program.
Provides that the Department shall designate a grocery ambassador to assist
retailers of healthy foods in this State by: (1) providing research and
data on eligible areas with insufficient grocery access; (2) coordinating
with the Department and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
and other relevant State agencies; (3) providing assistance to small
grocery retailers in this State, including obtaining and expediting
regulatory procedures; and (4) providing other assistance as needed.
Provides that the Department, in coordination with the Department of
Commerce and Economic Opportunity, shall convene a working group to develop
a plan for establishing a commercial distribution system, for fresh produce
and healthy foods to corner stores and other small food retailers.
A BILL FOR
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AN ACT concerning healthy food access.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
Healthy Food Program Development Act.
In this Act:
"Corner store" means a retail establishment that sells
grocery products and has less than 5,000 square feet of selling
"Department" means the Department of Agriculture.
"Eligible area" means a historically underutilized
business zone, as defined by 15 U.S.C. 632(p)(1).
"Farmers' market" means a public market at which farmers
and other producers sell fresh produce and healthy foods.
"Grocery store" means a retail establishment that has a
primary business of selling grocery products; has at least
5,000 square feet of selling area that is used for a general
line of food and non-food grocery products; and meets the
eligibility requirements for the federal Supplemental
Nutrition Assistance Program.
"Small food retailer" means a small business that is not a