The Healthy Food Access Bill is moving! It was reported favorably out of the Committee on Community Development and Small Business on June 10th, and it moves on now to the House Ways and Means Committee for review.
The legislation would authorize Community Development Financial Institutions (or CDFIs) to develop and implement flexible financing programs, including loans, grants, and technical assistance to support the development, renovation, and expansion of food stores, farmers markets and other retailers selling healthy food in underserved communities.
The legislation was developed as a result of the Grocery Access Task Force, a group of public health, food retail, economic development, and other civic leaders who came together over the last two years to develop solutions the problem of poor access to healthy food.
We thank Chairwoman Linda Dorcena Forry and Chairwoman Eileen Donoghue for their support, as well as Senator Mike Moore for filing similar legislation.
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