[Congressional Bills 113th Congress]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
[H.R. 4904 Introduced in House (IH)]

113th CONGRESS
  2d Session
                                H. R. 4904

To amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to provide an incentive for 
   households participating in the supplemental nutrition assistance 
 program to purchase certain nutritious fruits and vegetables that are 
                       beneficial to good health.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                             June 19, 2014

 Mr. Cartwright (for himself, Ms. DeLauro, Mr. Cardenas, Ms. Clark of 
  Massachusetts, Mr. Conyers, Mr. Nadler, Mr. Pastor of Arizona, Mr. 
    Quigley, Mr. Tonko, Ms. Lofgren, and Mr. Takano) introduced the 
   following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Agriculture

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                                 A BILL


 
To amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to provide an incentive for 
   households participating in the supplemental nutrition assistance 
 program to purchase certain nutritious fruits and vegetables that are 
                       beneficial to good health.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Vegetables Are Really Important 
Eating Tools for You (VARIETY) Act of 2014''.

SEC. 2. AMENDMENTS.

    (a) Definition.--Section 3 of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 
U.S.C. 2012) is amended--
            (1) in subsection (k) by inserting ``, unless the context 
        specifies otherwise,'' after ``means'';
            (2) redesignating subsections (u) and (v) as subsections 
        (v) and (w), respectively; and
            (3) by inserting after subsection (t) the following:
    ``(u) `Supplemental fruits and vegetables' means those fruits and 
vegetables containing nutrients that promote the health of the 
population served by the supplemental nutrition assistance program, as 
determined by the Secretary by rule.''.
    (b) Increase in Value of Allotment.--Section 8 of the Food and 
Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2017) is amended by adding at the end 
the following:
    ``(m) The value of an allotment, determined under this section 
without regard to this subsection and issued to a household for a 
month, shall be increased by 30 percent of the cost of supplemental 
fruits and vegetables purchased by such household during such month, 
but not to exceed an aggregate monthly amount determined by the 
Secretary on the basis of household size.''.

SEC. 3. EFFECTIVE DATE.

    This Act and the amendments made by this Act shall take effect on 
October 1, 2014.
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