Florida Senate - 2021 SB 1438 By Senator Jones 35-01899-21 20211438__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to a state nutrition assistance 3 reimbursement program; creating s. 402.88, F.S.; 4 requiring the Department of Children and Families to 5 develop and implement a nutrition assistance 6 reimbursement program to reimburse community-based 7 nonprofit organizations and nonprofit religious 8 organizations providing certain enrollment assistance 9 services; requiring the department to determine 10 eligibility criteria and application procedures for 11 the program; requiring the submission of an 12 application on a form prescribed by the department for 13 reimbursement under the program; requiring the 14 department to establish a funding mechanism to support 15 the authorization of reimbursements under the program; 16 requiring the department to adopt rules; providing an 17 effective date. 18 19 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 20 21 Section 1. Section 402.88, Florida Statutes, is created to 22 read: 23 402.88 State nutrition assistance reimbursement program.— 24 (1) The department shall develop and implement a state 25 nutrition assistance reimbursement program for the purpose of 26 reimbursing eligible community-based nonprofit organizations or 27 nonprofit religious organizations operating under s. 501(c)(3) 28 of the Internal Revenue Code for administrative costs directly 29 incurred in providing enrollment assistance services for food 30 assistance programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition 31 Assistance Program and the Special Supplemental Nutrition 32 Program for Women, Infants, and Children. 33 (2) The department shall determine eligibility criteria and 34 application procedures for the program. An eligible community 35 based nonprofit organization or nonprofit religious organization 36 shall submit to the department an application on a form 37 prescribed by the department for reimbursement under the 38 program. 39 (3) The department shall establish a funding mechanism to 40 support the authorization of reimbursements under the program. 41 (4) The department shall adopt rules to implement this 42 section. 43 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2021.