On April 14, 2016 , the Governor signed a bill into law that will address “food deserts” in Florida. Known as HB 153, or the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, the bill aims to improve access to healthy, fresh foods in Florida’s underserved communities. This, the Junior League believes, will also address children’s growth and overall physical and mental health in these communities.
HB 153, which was derived from the proposed Healthy Food Retail Act (2013) written by Junior League of Greater Orlando member Kate Martin, has been heavily supported and promoted by the League.
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