Support Local Agricultural Production
|Sponsor:||Representative Stanley Zeigler, House 96|
|Bill #:||LD 1369|
This bill creates the following implementation dates and minimum percentages regarding Maine foodstuffs that state and school purchasers must purchase directly from Maine food producers or food brokers: at least 15% by December 31, 2023, 20% by December 31, 2027, 25% by December 31, 2037 and 35% by December 31, 2038. It excepts from the requirements school purchasers at schools participating in the National School Lunch Program.
It also establishes a grant program to provide assistance with kitchen modifications at state and school facilities that lack equipment to prepare Maine foodstuffs and directs the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to implement the grant program. Grant funds may be used for kitchen modifications or funding kitchen staff at a facility to prepare Maine foodstuffs. The grant program provides a process for exemptions for institutions with kitchens that cannot be modified to prepare Maine foodstuffs from the requirement to meet the implementation schedule.