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HB 344

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    AN ACT relating to surplus agricultural commodities.

    Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky:

    ?SECTION 1. A NEW SECTION OF KRS CHAPTER 247 IS CREATED TO

    READ AS FOLLOWS:

    As used in Sections 1 to 7 of this Act: (1) "Agricultural commodity" means any agricultural product, including but not

    limited to plant and animal products grown, raised, or produced within this state

    for use as food, feed, seed, or any aesthetic, industrial, or chemurgic purpose;

    and

    (2) "Food bank" means a surplus food collection and distribution system operated

    and established to assist in bringing donated food to nonprofit charitable

    organizations and individuals for redistribution to reduce hunger and supply

    nutritional needs.

    ?SECTION 2. A NEW SECTION OF KRS CHAPTER 247 IS CREATED TO

    READ AS FOLLOWS:

    There is hereby established in the Department of Agriculture a program to award

    grants to nonprofit organizations for the purpose of collecting and distributing

    Kentucky grown and raised surplus agricultural commodities to food banks and other

    charitable organizations that serve needy or low-income individuals.

    ?SECTION 3. A NEW SECTION OF KRS CHAPTER 247 IS CREATED TO

    READ AS FOLLOWS:

    (1) Subject to available funds, a nonprofit organization is eligible to receive a grant

    under Sections 1 to 7 of this Act if the organization:

    (a) Has at least five (5) years of experience coordinating a statewide network of

    food banks and charitable organizations that serve counties of this state; Page 1 of 4

    (b) Operates a program that coordinates the collection and transportation of

    surplus agricultural commodities to a statewide network of food banks that

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    provide food to needy or low-income individuals; and

    (c) Submits to the department, in a manner and time prescribed by the

    department, a proposal for the collection and distribution of agricultural

    commodities to food banks and other charitable organizations for use in

    providing food for needy or low-income individuals, including:

    1. A description of the proposal;

    2. A schedule of projected costs for the proposal;

    3. Measurable goals for the proposal; and

    4. A plan for evaluating the success of the proposal. (2) A nonprofit organization that receives a grant under Sections 1 to 7 of this Act

    shall comply with the following requirements:

    (a) Purchases shall be made from Kentucky farmers, growers, and vendors;

    (b) Agricultural commodities collected and distributed shall be culls or those

    designated as surplus or unmarketable, and not primary agricultural

    commodities. Surplus or unmarketable agricultural commodities or culls

    shall be purchased at production cost or below market price from produce

    auctions, farmers, growers, and vendors; and

    (c) Donations of culls, or surplus or unmarketable agricultural commodities

    from farmers' markets, cooperatives, farmers, and growers shall be

    encouraged. Persons making the donations may be reimbursed for picking,

    packaging, processing, transportation, storage, distribution, or other costs.

    ?SECTION 4. A NEW SECTION OF KRS CHAPTER 247 IS CREATED TO

    READ AS FOLLOWS:

    A nonprofit organization that receives a grant under Sections 1 to 7 of this Act shall

    report the results of the project to the department in a manner prescribed by the Page 2 of 4

    department.

    ?SECTION 5. A NEW SECTION OF KRS CHAPTER 247 IS CREATED TO

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    (1) The Surplus Agricultural Commodities Advisory Committee is hereby created for

    the purpose of advising the department concerning the implementation and

    administration of the program established under Sections 1 to 7 of this Act. The

    committee shall be composed of no fewer than ten (10) but no more than fifteen

    (15) members appointed by the commissioner. Membership on the committee

    shall include:

    (a) Food and nutrition advocates;

    (b) Regional food bank representatives;

    (c) Local government representatives;

    (d) Representatives of the department and Governor's Office;

    (e) Agricultural commodity producers;

    (f) Representatives of farm advocacy groups;

    (g) Representatives of Kentucky public or private colleges and universities; and

    (h) At-large members designated by the commissioner. (2) The advisory committee shall elect a chairperson during the first organizational

    meeting.

    (3) The committee shall:

    (a) Advise the department concerning the implementation and administration

    of Sections 1 to 7 of this Act; and

    (b) Make recommendations to the department regarding the content of

    administrative regulations promulgated by the department in accordance

    with Sections 1 to 7 of this Act.

    (4) Appointed committee members may be reimbursed for reasonable and necessary

    expenses incurred while engaged in carrying out the official duties of the Page 3 of 4

    committee.

    (5) The committee shall be attached to the Department of Agriculture for

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    administrative purposes.

    ?SECTION 6. A NEW SECTION OF KRS CHAPTER 247 IS CREATED TO

    READ AS FOLLOWS:

    (1) The Surplus Agricultural Commodities Fund is hereby created in the State

    Treasury as a restricted account to be administered by the department for the

    purposes provided in this section. (2) Notwithstanding the provisions of KRS 45.229, any moneys accruing to this fund

    in any fiscal year, including state appropriations, gifts, grants, federal funds,

    interest, and any other funds both public and private, shall not lapse but shall be

    carried forward to the next fiscal year. (3) Moneys received in the fund shall be used for carrying out the provisions of

    Sections 1 to 7 of this Act.

    ?SECTION 7. A NEW SECTION OF KRS CHAPTER 247 IS CREATED TO

    READ AS FOLLOWS:

    The commissioner shall promulgate the administrative regulations necessary to carry

    out the provisions of Sections 1 to 7 of this Act.

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