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Bill Detail: HB20-1422

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Title Food Pantry Assistance Grant Program
Status Governor Signed (06/22/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Human Services
House Sponsors D. Esgar (D)
L. Cutter (D)
Senate Sponsors R. Zenzinger (D)
T. Story (D)
House Committee State, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Senate Committee State, Veterans and Military Affairs
Date Introduced 06/08/2020
Description

The bill creates the food pantry assistance grant program (grant
program) to aid Colorado food pantries and food banks in the purchase
of foods to meet the needs of their clientele, which has expanded

significantly as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency. A
secondary purpose of the grant program is to create new market
opportunities for Colorado's agricultural producers. Food purchased by
a grant recipient using grant money from the grant program must be
designated as a Colorado agricultural product.
The department of human services (department) is directed to
administer and monitor the grant program. The bill repeals the grant
program, effective September 1, 2026.
The bill authorizes an allocation of money from the Coronavirus
Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) subfund in the
general fund to the department for the grant program to meet expenses not
approved as of March 27, 2020, and are necessary to respond to the
COVID-19 public health emergency. The appropriations must be
expended on or before December 30, 2020.

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