HOUSE BILL NO. 847
AN ACT MAKING A SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATION TO THE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY, DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AFFAIRS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING SUPPORT TO EMERGENCY FOOD PANTRIES THROUGH CONTRACTUAL SERVICES.
WHEREAS, the Delmarva Ecumenical Agency Food Closet Study Committee speaks on behalf of fifty (50) groups of church and community volunteers in New Castle County who operate and/or support emergency food pantries as a service to those less fortunate; and
WHEREAS, the DEA-FCSC proposes to operate a Food Bank in Wilmington and act as a supplier in bulk to the closets in the City and throughout New Castle County; and
WHEREAS, $50,000 is estimated total cost for start-up and initial operation in New Castle County; and
WHEREAS, once it is set up, the purchases by closets would finance the restocking of the Bank; and
WHEREAS, the Kent County Food and Fuel Fund has observed a need for a Food Bank along with transportation for recipients in Kent County; and
WHEREAS, $15,000 is the estimated need to establish a Food Bank and to finance food delivery services in Kent County; and
WHEREAS, the Sussex County Community Action has observed a need to repair housewares and second-hand clothing stores; and
WHEREAS, $15,000 is the estimated need in Sussex County to repair second-hand clothing stores, which stores' proceeds are used to buy emergency food for the poor people in that region.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE;
Section 1. The sum of Eighty Thousand Dollars ($80,000) is hereby appropriated to the Office of Economic Opportunity, Department of Community Affairs and Economic Development to be used for the purpose of entering into contractual arrangements to provide support to emergency food pantries and/or food services in the following categories:
New Castle County
Kent County Sussex County
Total Food Bank
Food Bank, Services Food Services $ 50,000
Section 2. It is the intent of the General Assembly that the funds appropriated In Section 1 of this Act shall be paid by the State Treasurer from surplus General Fund monies over and above those required to fully fund the Budget Reserve Account and from General Fund monies not otherwise appropriated.
Section 3. Funds appropriated and remaining unexpended or unencumbered on June 30, 1981, shall revert to the General Fund of the State of Delaware.
Approved July 1, 1980.