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Prince George’s County, Md., Code §§ 12-116 – 121 (current through Nov. 1, 2017)
Brief Summary
This law sets up a program called "SNAP to Health," to provide technical assistance to a) help farmer's markets acquire technology necessary to accept and process benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); and b) train managers at farmer's markets how to manage the reporting requirements and responsibilities associated with managing a system that accepts and processes SNAP benefits. It also establishes that grant funding of up to $5,000 per fiscal year for up to 3 years is available for qualifying farmers' markets under the program, using a graduated scale (up to 100% of costs in the first year, up to 50% of costs in second year, and up to 25% in the third year). The law also sets an initial appropriation of $100,000.00 to fund the program.
Legal Strategies
Creates a fund, enables access to a funding stream.
Creates an incentive for a change.
Reach
Limited scope. The law creates a voluntary program.
Food System Category: Distribute, Get
State: Maryland
Jurisdiction Type: County
Jurisdiction Name: Prince George's County
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
Yes. Program is designed to support farmers markets in accepting and processing payments from participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
Yes. See reference to "health benefits of buying fresh produce." § 12-118(a).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
Yes. Supports utilization and acceptance of supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) payment at farmers' markets.
Does the law include findings (including jurisdiction-specific findings), or are there findings in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
No.
Does the law have a stated intent or purpose, or is there an intent or purpose in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Unclear. Although not titled "intent" or "purpose," section 12-116(a) provides: "The Department shall establish a program entitled "SNAP To Health" to provide technical assistance to a Farmer's Market in acquiring technology necessary to accept and process benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and to train managers at a Farmer's Market how to manage the reporting requirements and responsibilities associated with managing a system that accepts and processes SNAP benefits." § 12-116(a).
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. § 12-104.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Yes. The Health Department is directed to establish the grant program, provide grants, perform outreach, and promulgate regulations necessary to implement the program. §§12-116 to -120.
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
No.
Does the law include an evaluation component, beyond reporting on activity?
No.
Does the law require an extra or atypical financial or resource investment?
Yes. "The administration and implementation of this program shall be funded initially for an amount of One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000.00) as appropriated in the Fiscal Year 2015 budget." §12-119 (a).
Code context and ordinance history
Subdivision 4 (SNAP to Health Program) is located in Subtitle 12 (Health), Division 2 (Food Service Facilities). History: CB-37-2014.