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AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE DISTRIBUTION OF FEDERAL SURPLUS FOODS TO NEEDY PERSONS IN THE STATE OF DELAWARE; EMERGENCY APPROPRIATION.

WHEREAS, rising unemployment and an unusually severe winter have caused additional hardships for needy persons in the State of Delaware, AND

WHEREAS, federal surplus foods are available for distribution to our needy citizens and increases in these surplus foods have been ordered by the President of the United States, AND

WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees of the Delaware State Hospital is the Delaware State Agency for Surplus Property in accordance with Chapter 68 of Title 29, Delaware Code, AND

WHEREAS, the State Board of Trustees of the Delaware State Hospital has administered the Surplus Commodity Program of the United States Department of Agriculture for institutions (including summer camps) in the State of Delaware for the past 13 years, AND

WHEREAS, emergency action is required to distribute such surplus federal foods, NOW, THEREFORE,

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware:

Section 1. Chapter 68, Title 29, Delaware Code, is hereby amended by enacting and adding thereto a new section to read as follows:

§ 6810. Distribution of surplus federal food

The State Board of Trustees of the Delaware State Hospital at Farnhurst is hereby empowered and directed to act as the responsible agency to operate the Surplus Commodity Program for needy families in the State of Delaware, in accordance with the regulations and procedures prescribed by the United States Department of Agriculture. The State Board of Trustees of the Delaware State Hospital may take such action, make such expenditures, and enter into such contracts, agreements and undertakings for the state, to provide for the distribution of available commodities to all eligible needy families in the state who make proper application therefor. The State Board of Trustees of the Delaware State Hospital, to properly operate this program, may request assistance from other State, County and City agencies; may employ personnel; fix their compensation and prescribe their duties. "Needy families" as used in this section shall mean those persons or families so certified by the State Department of Public Welfare.

Section 2. The State Board of Trustees of the Delaware State Hospital is hereby authorized to use available funds within the discretion of said Board for the implementation of this program during the fiscal year ending June 30, 1961.

Section 3. Any previous acts inconsistent with the provisions of this Act are hereby repealed to the extent of such inconsistency.

Approved February 23, 1961.