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Article - Agriculture




§10–2004.

    (a)    (1)    A nonprofit organization is qualified to receive a grant in accordance with this subtitle if the Department determines that the nonprofit organization has a demonstrated record of:

            (i)    Designing and implementing successful healthy food incentive programs that connect federal food benefits recipients with local producers;

            (ii)    Implementing funds distributing and reporting processes;

            (iii)    Providing training and technical assistance to farmers markets;

            (iv)    Conducting community outreach and data collection, including customer surveys; and

            (v)    Providing a full accounting and administration of funds distributed to farmers markets.

        (2)    In addition to the requirements under paragraph (1) of this subsection, in awarding a grant in accordance with this subtitle, the Department may consider whether the nonprofit organization has a demonstrated record of providing services in food deserts.

    (b)    Within 90 days after the end of a grant cycle, a qualified nonprofit organization that received a grant in accordance with this subtitle shall submit a report to the Department that includes the following information:

        (1)    The names and locations of Maryland farmers markets that received funds under the Program;

        (2)    The dollar amount of funds awarded to each participating farmers market;

        (3)    The dollar amount of FMNP, SNAP, and WIC benefits, and funds provided under the Program that were spent at participating farmers markets, as well as any unspent funds;

        (4)    The number of FMNP, SNAP, and WIC transactions carried out at participating farmers markets; and

        (5)    The impact of the Program on increasing the quantity of fresh fruits and vegetables consumed by FMNP, SNAP, and WIC families, as determined by customer surveys.



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