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Public Act 102-1049


 

Public Act 1049 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY

  
  
  

 


 
Public Act 102-1049
 
HB2382 EnrolledLRB102 10051 CMG 15371 b

    AN ACT concerning healthy food access.
 
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
 
    Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
Healthy Food Program Development Act.
 
    Section 5. Definitions. In this Act:
    "Corner store" means a retail establishment that sells
grocery products and has less than 5,000 square feet of
selling area.
    "Department" means the Department of Human Services.
    "Eligible area" means a historically underutilized
business zone, as defined by 15 U.S.C. 632(p)(1).
    "Farmers' market" means a public market at which farmers
and other producers sell fresh produce and healthy foods.
    "Grocery store" means a retail establishment that has: (1)
a primary business of selling grocery products; (2) has at
least 5,000 square feet of selling area that is used for a
general line of food and non-food grocery products; and (3)
meets the eligibility requirements for the federal
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
    "Small food retailer" means a small business that is not a
grocery store.
 
    Section 10. Healthy Food Development Program.
    (a) The Department may coordinate with the Department of
Commerce and Economic Opportunity to establish a Healthy Food
Development Program to expand access to healthy foods in
eligible areas in the State by providing assistance to grocery
stores, corner stores, farmers' markets, and other small food
retailers.
    (b) The Department of Public Health, Environmental
Protection Agency, and other relevant State agencies shall
coordinate with the Department and the Department of Commerce
and Economic Opportunity upon request to establish the Healthy
Food Development Program.
 
    Section 15. The Healthy Food Development Program benefits.
    (a) The Healthy Food Development Program may provide a
combination of any or all of the following benefits to grocery
stores, corner stores, farmers' markets, or other small food
retailers in eligible areas:
        (1) grants;
        (2) loans;
        (3) State tax credits;
        (4) equipment;
        (5) other financial assistance; and
        (6) technical assistance.
    (b) The benefits provided in subsection (a) shall be
awarded to grocery stores, corner stores, farmers' markets,
and other small food retailers in eligible areas on a
competitive basis, with priority given to projects with the
greatest potential impact to expand access to healthy foods in
eligible areas that are underserved by retail sales of healthy
food in this State.
    (c) Grocery stores, corner stores, farmers' markets, and
other small food retailers are encouraged to work
cooperatively to expand access to healthy foods in eligible
areas in this State.
    (d) The Department and the Department of Commerce and
Economic Opportunity may contract with non-profit
organizations to promote and implement this program.
 
    Section 20. Requirements.
    (a) Grocery stores, corner stores, farmers' markets, and
other small retailers participating in the Healthy Food
Development Program shall be strongly encouraged to:
        (1) apply and accept benefits from the federal
    Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP);
        (2) apply and accept benefits from the federal Women,
    Infants, and Children (WIC) program; and
        (3) employ residents of this State.
    (b) Resources may be provided to assist grocery stores,
corner stores, farmers' markets, and other small food
retailers in acquiring the necessary technology to accept SNAP
and WIC benefits.
    (c) As a condition of participating in the Healthy Food
Development Program, persons or entities operating grocery
stores, corner stores, farmers' markets, and other small food
retailers shall agree in writing to sell produce or other
healthy foods for at least 3 years; provided that this
requirement is not applicable if the individual or entity, or
its successor ceases all of its retail food sales operations.
 
    Section 25. Grocery ambassador.
    (a) The Department shall designate a grocery ambassador to
assist retailers of healthy foods in this State by: (1)
providing research and data on eligible areas with
insufficient grocery access; (2) coordinating with the
Department and the Department of Commerce and Economic
Opportunity and other relevant State agencies; (3) providing
assistance to small grocery retailers in this State, including
obtaining and expediting regulatory procedures; and (4)
providing other assistance as needed.
    (b) The Department and the Department of Commerce and
Economic Opportunity may issue grants, on a competitive basis,
for the establishment of a commercial distribution system for
fresh produce and healthy foods.

Effective Date: 1/1/2023