Public Act 90-0153 of the 90th General Assembly

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Public Act 90-0153

HB0604 Enrolled                                LRB9001783MWpc

    AN ACT concerning community food gardens.

    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
Community Food Garden Act.

    Section  5.  Illinois  Community  Nutrition  Task  Force;
pilot program.
    (a)  The  Illinois  Community  Nutrition  Task  Force  is
established to develop,  implement,  and  evaluate  a  2-year
community food garden pilot program using underutilized State
land  or  other  appropriate  property in at least 2 Illinois
    (b)  The Task Force  shall  report  the  results  of  its
evaluations to the General Assembly.

    Section  10.  Composition  of  the  Task Force.  The Task
Force shall be composed of:
    (a)  Representatives of each of  the  following  agencies
appointed by the Governor:
         (1)  the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
         (2)  the Illinois Cooperative Extension Service.
         (3)  the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.
         (4)  the Interagency Nutrition Council.
         (5)  the Illinois Stewardship Alliance.
         (6)  the Illinois Community Action Association.
         (7)  the Illinois Association of Senior Centers.
    (b)  3  representatives  of  nonprofit organizations that
work in low-income communities or with  Illinois  farmers  on
projects  to  increase  food  security,  one of whom shall be
appointed by the Governor, one of whom shall be appointed  by
the  Director  of the Illinois Cooperative Extension Service,
and one of whom shall be appointed by the Director of Central
Management Services.

    Section  15.  Identification  of  suitable  underutilized
property.  The Task Force shall make recommendations  to  the
Department   of   Central   Management   Services  concerning
underutilized  State  property  that  is  suitable  for   the
establishment of community food gardens.

    Section 20.  Establishment of community food gardens.
    (a)  The  Task Force shall select suitable State property
identified by the Department of Central  Management  Services
or  other  appropriate property in at least 2 communities for
the establishment of pilot program community food gardens.
    (b)  Each  agency  on  the  Task  Force   shall   provide
resources,   information,   and   staff   support   for   the
establishment of community food gardens.
    (c)  Agencies that are members of the Task Force shall:
         (1)  identify     community    groups,    non-profit
    organizations, local government agencies, and persons  in
    communities  near  the  gardens  that  will be helpful in
    implementing the program;
         (2)  work  with  community  groups  to   develop   a
    community  food garden plan and to identify the resources
    necessary to implement the plan;
         (3)  teach youth and adults in communities near  the
    gardens  the basics of gardening for food, nutrition, and
    how that knowledge benefits  their  health  and  economic
    security; and
         (4)  use recipients under the Pubic Aid Code who are
    required to volunteer for 20 hours under welfare reform.

    Section  25.  Food  grown  in  gardens.  Food  grown in a
community food garden may not be sold for  individual  profit
but may be:
    (a)  sold  at  or  below  cost,  as appropriate, to local
low-income families;
    (b)  donated to local families at risk for hunger;
    (c)  sold to the general public with the proceeds of  the
sales used to benefit the continued operation of the gardens;
    (d)  donated  to  local food pantries, homeless shelters,
or food banks.

    Section 30.  Transactions related to land.  On behalf  of
the Task Force, the State, and any affected State agency, the
Department  of Central Management Services may, if necessary,
execute leases and contracts or enter into other transactions
related to land to accomplish the purposes of this Act.   The
term  of  a  contract,  lease,  or other transaction executed
under this Act may not extend past September 1, 1999.

    Section 35.  Repeal.  This Act is repealed  on  September
1, 1999.

    Section  99.  Effective date.  This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

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