Resolution No. 340

Funding ARPA Food Security And Access - Department Of Finance, Division Of Recovery And Resilience

Resolution Information

Postponed in Committee



Chairman of the ARPA Special Committee, Peter J. Criswell, and Deputy Chair Thomas Corcoran, Jr. offer the following:


WHEREAS, this resolution has been submitted at the request of the CountyExecutiveonbehalfoftheDepartment of Finance, Division of Recovery and Resilience;and


WHEREAS,pursuant Resolution No. 333 of August 2021 theUlsterCountyLegislaturecreated Capital Project No. 600, entitled “ARP Food Security and Access”; and


WHEREAS, pursuant to Resolution No. 547 theUlsterCountyLegislature adopted the 2022-2027 Capital Improvement Program which recommended funding for Capital Project No. 600 including a Food Security and Access initiative to support and strengthen the local food system and foster sustainability; and


WHEREAS, according to Pattern for Progress's May 2020 report, entitled, “Vulnerability Revealed, Covid-19 and the Hudson Valley Food System”, food insecurity impacts 10% of the County’s population or 17,940 individuals. Of those individuals, 66% are eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or other food assistance benefit programs while 34% are not eligible and must rely solely on the emergency feeding network; and


WHEREAS, Ulster County has faced events such as the March 2022 ice storm and power outages and the COVID19 shutdown starting in March of 2020 that have stressed the emergency feeding network in novel and unanticipated ways; and


WHEREAS, Ulster County is reliant upon the emergency feeding network to meet the ongoing needs of some of our most vulnerable citizens as well as to respond and provide community resilience during emergency events; and







WHEREAS, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County provides programming, education and outreach around nutrition and emergency preparedness, as well as builds and maintains relationships with agricultural businesses and suppliers; and


WHEREAS, Ulster County has identified a need to convene an Emergency Food Working Group as well as to complete a Food System Resilience Report which would help to ensure adequate healthy food supply to those residents in need of assistance on a day-to-day basis as well as in emergency situations; and


WHEREAS, the County has identified Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County as the partner to convene this effort by engaging the emergency food network, local agricultural producers, suppliers and others in a meaningful planning and coordination process; and


WHEREAS, community food assistance and, “capital expenditures related to food banks and other facilities primarily dedicated to addressing food insecurity” are is an enumerated eligible uses of the AmericanRescuePlanAct (ARPA) State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF) (See Final Rule, 31 CFR Part 35, RIN 1505-AC77, pages 80 and 81); and


WHEREAS, it is the intent to use ARPA SLFRF funds for this food system planning work; and


WHEREAS, planning studies have been determined to be a Type II action under 6 NYCRR Part 617 of the Regulations of Article 8 of the Environmental Conservation Law of New York and no further environmental review is required; now, therefore be it


RESOLVED, that Capital Project No. 600 is hereby amended as follows:


     INCREASE                              AMOUNT



Capital Project No. 600                       Food Security                         $350,000.00  


 and be it further,





RESOLVED, the 2022 Ulster County Capital General Fund is hereby amended as follows:


                                             INCREASE                                  AMOUNT


HH.6997.0600-4300.4505             Professional Services                    $350,000.00         


(App. #)                                                                             


HH. 6997.0600-3500.5710           Federal Aid, ARPA                     $350,000.00


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Updated: August 2, 2022

Votes on this Resolution

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Wed, Jul 6, 2022 2022-2023 Term: Health, Human Services and Housing
Committee Vote to Postpone Resolution No. 340
No Vote