2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
ASSEMBLY SUBSTITUTE AMENDMENT 1,
TO ASSEMBLY BILL 292
September 4, 2015 - Offered by Representative Jorgensen.
1An Act to create
20.435 (4) (d) and 49.798 of the statutes; relating to: a Grow
2Wisconsin pilot program providing benefits to FoodShare recipients for
3purchasing Wisconsin-grown foods and making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This substitute amendment directs the Department of Health Services (DHS)
to design and implement Grow Wisconsin, a pilot program in Dane, Rock, and
Milwaukee counties under which a recipient under the federal Supplemental
Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known as FoodShare in Wisconsin and
formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, receives tokens for purchasing foods
and food products that are grown or made in Wisconsin at farmers' markets, and
receives rewards for purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables at grocery stores.
Currently, FoodShare provides benefits to eligible low-income individuals and
households for the purchase of food. The benefits, which are electronically debited
to a Quest card, are paid entirely with federal funds. FoodShare is administered by
DHS, and the state and federal governments share the cost of administration.
Under the substitute amendment, farmers' markets and grocery stores located
in Dane, Rock, or Milwaukee County that apply to, and satisfy criteria set by, DHS
may participate in Grow Wisconsin. Under the program, DHS issues to participating
farmers' markets tokens worth $2 each. For every $2 that a recipient spends on food
with his or her Quest card at a participating farmers' market, up to $20 per farmers'
market per day, the recipient receives a token, which the recipient may then use at
any time at any participating farmers' market to purchase fruit, vegetables, meat,
or dairy products that were grown or made in Wisconsin. At participating grocery
stores, a recipient who purchases fresh fruit or vegetables with his or her Quest card
receives an in-store reward in the same amount that the recipient spent on the fresh
fruit or vegetables with his or her Quest card, up to $20 per grocery store per
shopping trip. An in-store reward must be redeemed within a month of its issuance
to purchase fresh fruit or vegetables at the participating grocery store that issued it.
The substitute amendment specifies certain duties for DHS related to the pilot
program, such as establishing criteria for participation by farmers' markets and
grocery stores; establishing guidelines for labeling Wisconsin-grown or
Wisconsin-made fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy products; and establishing
accounting and reporting requirements for farmers' markets and grocery stores. In
addition, DHS must submit a report on the program to the legislature no later than
September 1, 2018. The report must contain recommendations on making changes
to the program and whether the program should be expanded statewide. The
substitute amendment appropriates $144,902 of general purpose revenue per fiscal
year in the 2015-2017 fiscal biennium for the program.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
20.005 (3) (schedule) of the statutes: at the appropriate place, insert 2
the following amounts for the purposes indicated:
- See PDF for table
20.435 (4) (d) of the statutes is created to read:
(d) Grow Wisconsin pilot program.
Biennially, the amounts in the 5
schedule for designing, implementing, administering, and paying all costs under the 6
program under s. 49.798.
49.798 of the statutes is created to read:
149.798 Grow Wisconsin pilot program for buying Wisconsin-grown
2foods. (1) Definitions.
In this section:
(a) "Benefit card" means the electronic benefit transfer card used by a recipient 4
to purchase food under FoodShare.
(b) "FoodShare" means the food stamp program, as defined in s. 49.79 (1) (c), 6
operating in this state.
(c) "Program" means the Grow Wisconsin pilot program described in this 8
(d) "Recipient" means an individual, or a member of a household, that is eligible 10
for and receiving benefits under FoodShare.
11(2) Program description.
The department shall design, 12
implement, and administer a pilot program as outlined in this section. The program 13
shall operate in Dane, Rock, and Milwaukee counties. Any recipient may participate 14
in the program at any participating farmers' market or grocery store.
(b) Farmers' markets.
1. Any farmers' market operating in Dane County, Rock 16
County, or Milwaukee County may apply to the department to participate in the 17
program. If an applying farmers' market meets the criteria established by the 18
department under sub. (3) (a), the farmers' market may participate in the program 19
and the department shall issue tokens to the farmers' market. Each token is worth 20
$2 for the purchase of foods specified in subd. 2. at participating farmers' markets 21
but has no cash value.
2. For every $2 worth of food that a recipient purchases with his or her benefit 23
card at a participating farmers' market, limited to $20 per farmers' market per day, 24
the recipient shall receive a token. The recipient may use the tokens at any time at 25
any participating farmers' market in any of the counties in which the program is
operating to purchase fruit, vegetables, meat, or dairy products that were grown or 2
made in Wisconsin.
(c) Grocery stores.
1. Any grocery store located in Dane County, Rock County, 4
or Milwaukee County may apply to the department to participate in the program. 5
If an applying grocery store meets the criteria established by the department under 6
sub. (3) (a), the grocery store may participate in the program and the department 7
shall reimburse the grocery store for in-store rewards issued by the grocery store and 8
redeemed by recipients under the program.
2. A recipient who purchases fresh fruit and vegetables with his or her benefit 10
card at a participating grocery store shall receive an in-store reward in the amount 11
that the recipient spent with his or her benefit card for the fresh fruit and vegetables, 12
limited to $20 per grocery store per shopping trip. A recipient must redeem an 13
in-store reward within a month after receiving it to purchase fresh fruit and 14
vegetables at the participating grocery store that issued the in-store reward.
15(3) Department responsibilities.
The department shall do at least all of the 16
(a) Establish criteria for participation in the program by farmers' markets and 18
(b) Provide up-to-date information to recipients on which farmers' markets 20
and grocery stores are participating in the program.
(c) Establish accounting practices and policies and reporting requirements for 22
issuing and redeeming tokens and issuing, redeeming, and reimbursing in-store 23
(d) Establish guidelines or requirements for all of the following:
1. Distributing tokens and in-store rewards.
2. Redeeming tokens and in-store rewards.
3. Identifying and labeling Wisconsin-grown or Wisconsin-made fruits, 3
vegetables, meats, and dairy products.
4. Ensuring that tokens are used only for the purchase of Wisconsin-grown or 5
Wisconsin-made fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy products and that in-store 6
rewards are used only for the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables.
No later than September 1, 2018, the department shall submit to 8
the chief clerk of each house of the legislature for distribution to the legislature under 9
s. 13.172 (2) a report that analyzes the various effects of the program. The 10
department shall include in the report any changes to the program that the 11
department recommends, such as expanding the program to more geographic areas 12
or statewide, limiting participation to just farmers' markets or just grocery stores, 13
making participation in the program mandatory for farmers' markets or grocery 14
stores, limiting or expanding the foods that may be purchased with tokens or rewards 15
cards, and modifying the token or rewards card value.