Sen. Gillibrand proposes $1 billion food plan

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

April 12, 2010 7:01:21 AM PDT
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wants to dedicate $1 billion in loans and grants to help build 2,100 grocery stores in areas around the nation that lack access to fresh food. Gillibrand says the measure would help about four million New York residents living in so-called food deserts by providing the funding for more than 350 stores statewide. Modeled on a similar program in Pennsylvania, the legislation would provide startup grants and loans in rural and urban areas to expand access to fresh food and to create jobs.

The Obama administration has dedicated $345 million in his 2011 budget for a similar proposal.

Gillibrand is unveiling the legislation Monday with U.S. Rep.

Nydia Velazquez and New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.