Senators Introduce Legislation to Create Tax Credits for Grocery Stores in Food Deserts

Monday, February 8, 2021 - 10:45am

A bipartisan group of four U.S. Senators introduced legislation to expand access to affordable and nutritious food in areas designated as “food deserts” by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Healthy Food Access for All Americans Act would create a 15% tax credit for new grocery store construction in a food desert and a 10% tax credit for companies that retrofit an existing store’s healthy food section in a food desert. The legislation would also create a grant for 15% of construction costs for certified food banks that build new permanent structures in food deserts and a grant for 10% of annual operating costs for nonprofit certified temporary access markets, such as farmers markets, mobile markets and some food banks, that operate in a food desert. Sens. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, Bob Casey, D-Pennsylvania, and Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia introduced the bill. Companion legislation is expected in the House of Representatives.