(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 healthy food priority areas.
(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.
Added by Acts 2017, c. 395, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2017; Acts 2017, c. 396, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2017. Amended by Acts 2019, c. 574, § 1, eff. June 1, 2019; Acts 2019, c. 575, § 1, eff. June 1, 2019; Acts 2022, c. 480, § 1, eff. July 1, 2022.