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Policy Summary

This ordinance specifies a program start date and income qualifications as amendments to a previously passed ordinance that establishes and provides standards for a healthy food incentive program. The original ordinance includes guidelines for administration of the program, regulations for qualified participants, and how much the participants will receive. Among other things, under the program qualifying applicants (including individuals enrolled in SNAP and/or WIC and individuals with incomes at or below 130% of the current federal poverty guidelines) may receive debit cards or vouchers in varying amounts, depending on household size, to use to purchase approved foods from participating food stores.

Background Information

State Alabama
Jurisdiction Name Birmingham
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 200,000-800,000
Legal Strategies
  • Creates an incentive for a change
  • Creates a fund, enables access to a funding stream
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Get;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
Yes

The ordinance refers to "SNAP" and "WIC". § 4.

Health-related goal?
No

Environmental goal?
No

Economic goal?
No

Includes findings?
No

Has a stated intent or purpose?
No

Includes definitions?
No

Addresses implementation?
Yes

The be it ordained section states that the starting date for receiving applications is May 15.

Enforcement provisions?
No

Evaluation component?
Unclear

The law states "The City Council shall have the authority to annually adjust qualifying income levels and healthy food incentive amounts shall be published on the City's website;" it is unclear if this includes an evaluation component to determine changes. § 4(5).

Requires extra investment?
Yes

The law is creating a fund.

Code context and ordinance history

This is an uncodified ordinance. Adopted April 25, 2017 and approved May 3, 2017.