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PUBLIC LAW 100-000—MMMM. DD, 1988

102 STAT. 1654

PUBLIC LAW 100-435—SEPT. 19, 1988

Food Stamp Act of 1977, or sections 4 and 5 of the Agriculture and Consumer Protection Act of 1973. (3) OTHER MAINTENANCE.—Local agencies receiving commodities purchased under this section shall provide an assurance to the State that donations of foodstuffs from other sources shall not be diminished as a result of the receipt of commodities under this section. (i) NEW FORMULA.—Notwithstanding the provisions of this section that set forth the specific formula for allocating additional commodities to each State, the Secretary is authorized to establish a different precise formula, after prior notice and comment as required by section 553 of title 5, United States Code, only to the extent that— (1) any such formula is effective at the outset of, and throughout any given fiscal year; (2) any such formula can be used to precisely calculate the amount of commodities to be made available to each State by the Secretary for each fiscal year; and (3) such formula provides that each State is entitled to receive that value of additional commodities which results from the application of such formula to the total value of additional commodities. (j) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.—There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to carry out this section. 7 USC 612c note.

Voluntarism.

SEC. 111. GLEANING TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE.

(a) GLEANING DEFINED.—As used in this section, the term "gleaning" means— (1) obtaining harvested or unharvested agricultural products from farmers, processors, or retailers; or (2) obtaining food or meals donated by public or private entities (where State and local health and food SEifety regulations permit such donations); in order to facilitate the distribution of such products or such food or meals to needy individuals, but only if such products or such food or meals, and the access to such, are obtained with the permission of the owner and without charge therefor. (b) DUTIES.—The Secretary of Agriculture shall provide technical assistance to State and local agencies to— (1) assist such agencies in encouraging public and private nonprofit organizations to initiate and carry out gleaning activities and in providing technical assistance to organizations and individuals involved in gleaning; and (2) assist such agencies in collecting information on the kinds, amounts, and geographical location of agricultural products and food or meals available for gleaning. (c) ADMINISTRATION.—The Secretary of Agriculture may use Department of Agriculture employees and volunteers, as may be necessary, to carry out this section. (d) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.—TO carry out this section, there are authorized to be appropriated $500,000 for each of fiscal years 1989 and 1990.