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  • NJ A4496
  • "Healthy Small Food Retailer Act"; provides funding to small food retailers to sell fresh and nutritious food; appropriates $1 million.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill, the "Healthy Small Food Retailer Act," assists small food retailers operating in New Jersey, in low- and moderate-income urban and rural communities, by providing funds for retailers to increase the availability and sales of fresh and nutritious food, including fresh produce and other healthy foods, at affordable prices to neighborhood residents in an effort to improve the health and wellness of community residents. The bill provides funding to a grantee (non-profit organization) to distribute money to small food retailers. This type of program is often called a "Healthy Corner Store Initiative." The bill requires the Department of Health to develop a "Healthy Corner Store Program" to increase the availability and sales of fresh produce and nutritious, healthy food by small food retailers in rural and urban low- and moderate-income areas, and to establish a "Healthy Small Food Retailer Fund" to support the program. Moneys from the fund may be used for: (1) salary and associated administrative costs towards providing education, advice, or other assistance to small food retailers; (2) refrigeration, display shelving, or other equipment necessary for a retailer to keep stock of healthy foods and fresh produce, up to $5,000 per retailer; (3) materials and supplies for nutrition education and healthy food promotion; and (4) mini-grants of up to $100 per retailer to meet initial expenses incurred with participation in the program. No less than 10 percent of the fund is reserved for the grantee's administrative and operational costs. The bill allows the department to select one or more grantees to administer the program and distribute funding to small food retailers. The department is to develop an application and applicant selection process and create eligibility guidelines for any organization applying to be a grantee. To qualify for funding, the bill requires applicants to be nonprofit entities with a well-defined public health-driven goal. These entities are to provide assistance to small food retailers located in low- or moderate-income areas that accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits and Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children benefits. Program grantees must also collect and provide data and information for program monitoring, accountability, and evaluation purposes. The bill directs the department to develop specific participation standards for a small food retailer and allocate assistance based on the level of need in an area. As a condition of participating, the bill obliges a small food retailer to sign a written agreement prior to receiving assistance. The bill requires a grantee to establish monitoring and accountability mechanisms for participating retailers, authorizes the grantee to monitor those retailers, and, if necessary, enforce the agreements. The bill requires a grantee to submit a report to the department, by March 1 of each year, which includes information concerning the overall geographic distribution of the funding, the amount of funding allocated to each small food retailer, the health impacts associated with the program and its funding, and an evaluation of any data collected from participants. In turn, the bill directs the department to submit an annual report to the Legislature and to the Governor, and provide recommendations about the program as necessary. Finally, the bill appropriates $1 million to the department for deposit into the Healthy Small Food Retailer Fund.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, Budget and Appropriations, Commerce and Economic Development, Passed Assembly, Passed both Houses, Received by the Assembly
Conditional Veto, Received in the Assembly  (on 7/31/2017)
Date Chamber Action Description
7/31/2017 A Conditional Veto, Received in the Assembly
6/29/2017 S Passed Senate (Passed Both Houses) (27-0)
6/29/2017 S Substituted for S2977
6/22/2017 S Received in the Senate without Reference, 2nd Reading
6/22/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (52-15-7)
6/1/2017 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
6/1/2017 A Transferred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
6/1/2017 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (19:00 6/1/2017 A-4496 and S-2834 (1R) are both pending referral.)
1/19/2017 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/29/2017 Senate Floor: Substitute For S2977 (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 6/29/2017 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 27 0 13
Detail 6/22/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 52 15 13
Detail 6/1/2017 Assembly Appropriations Committee: Reported Favorably 6 0 5