2005 Texas Agriculture Code CHAPTER 15. FARMERS MARKET NUTRITION PROGRAMS
AGRICULTURE CODE CHAPTER 15. FARMERS MARKET NUTRITION PROGRAMS SUBCHAPTER A. PROGRAM ADMINISTERED BY TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH§ 15.001. DEFINITIONS. In this subchapter: (1) "Farmers market" means a location at which a group of two or more farmers that are certified under the department's farmers market certification program offer produce for retail sale. (2) "Food coupon" means any redemptive coupon issued by the Texas Department of Health under this subchapter that is exchangeable only for produce at a farmers market. (3) "Produce" means fresh fruits or vegetables. (4) "W.I.C. program" means the federal special supplemental food program for women, infants, and children administered by the Texas Department of Health. Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 1191, § 1, eff. Aug. 28, 1989. § 15.002. ESTABLISHMENT OF SPECIAL NUTRITION PROGRAM. The Texas Department of Health may establish a special nutrition program to distribute to certain participants of the W.I.C. program food coupons that are redeemable only at farmers markets located in areas in which the program is implemented. Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 1191, § 1, eff. Aug. 28, 1989. § 15.003. ELIGIBILITY; AMOUNT OF ALLOTMENT. (a) A person is eligible to participate in the special nutrition program if the person is enrolled in the W.I.C. program and resides in an area in which the special nutrition program is implemented. The Texas Department of Health shall determine the eligibility of potential participants. (b) Only the Texas Department of Health may determine the dollar amount of each participant's monthly allotment of food coupons. Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 1191, § 1, eff. Aug. 28, 1989. § 15.005. RULES. The Texas Board of Health shall adopt rules under this subchapter that provide for: (1) the design, printing, and denominations of the food coupons; (2) the procedure for the delivery of the food coupons to participants; (3) the procedure for the redemption of food coupons by the sellers of the produce; and (4) other rules necessary for carrying out the purposes of this subchapter. Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 1191, § 1, eff. Aug. 28, 1989. § 15.006. ANNUAL REPORT. The department and the Texas Department of Health shall jointly prepare an annual report concerning the special nutrition program and submit a copy of the report to the governor, lieutenant governor, and speaker of the house of representatives. The report must include information on the condition of the program, persons served, amount of food coupons redeemed, and funds received and expended. Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 1191, § 1, eff. Aug. 28, 1989. § 15.007. PROGRAM FUNDS. The Texas Department of Health may accept gifts and grants from the federal government, the state, and private sources as well as legislative appropriations for the program authorized by this subchapter. The use of gifts and grants other than legislative appropriations is subject, after their appropriation, only to limitations contained in the gift or grant. Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 1191, § 1, eff. Aug. 28, 1989.
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