Virginia Agriculture Food Assistance Program and Fund; established and created. (HB2203)

Introduced By

Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax Station) with support from 36 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Dawn Adams (D-Richmond), Del. Alex Askew (D-Virginia Beach), Del. Hala Ayala (D-Woodbridge), Del. Lamont Bagby (D-Richmond), Del. David Bulova (D-Fairfax), Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), Del. Josh Cole (D-Stafford), Del. Wendy Gooditis (D-Clarke), Del. Angelia Williams Graves (D-Norfolk), Del. Nancy Guy (D-Virginia Beach), Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-Dale City), Del. Cliff Hayes (D-Chesapeake), Del. Dan Helmer (D-Fairfax Station), Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Chris Hurst (D-Blacksburg), Del. Clinton Jenkins (D-Suffolk), Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna), Del. Candi King (D-Woodbridge), Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria), Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington), Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond), Del. Martha Mugler (D-Hampton, Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), Del. David Reid (D-Loudoun), Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon), Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria), Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church), Del. Shelly Simonds (D-Newport News), Del. Suhas Subramanyam (D-Sterling), Del. Rip Sullivan (D-Arlington), Del. Kathy Tran (D-Springfield), Del. Roslyn Tyler (D-Jarratt), Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale), Del. Rodney Willett (D-Henrico)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Agriculture Food Assistance Program and Fund; established. Requires the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services (the Commissioner) to establish the Virginia Agriculture Food Assistance Program (VAFA Program) for Virginia farmers and food producers to donate, sell, or otherwise provide agriculture products to charitable food assistance organizations. The bill also creates the Virginia Agriculture Food Assistance Fund to disburse moneys to such charitable food assistance organizations to reimburse farmers or food producers for any costs associated with harvesting, processing, packaging, or transporting agriculture products donated to such charitable food assistance organizations. The bill authorizes the Commissioner to adopt guidelines and regulations to carry out the VAFA Program, which must prohibit grant recipients from attributing more than 10 percent of the grant amount to administrative costs. This bill is identical to SB 1188. Read the Bill »


03/24/2021: signed by governor


01/13/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102121D
01/13/2021Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/15/2021Assigned ACNR sub: Agriculture
01/18/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2203)
01/20/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
01/20/2021Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/20/2021Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/20/2021Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/20/2021Assigned App. sub: Commerce Agriculture & Natural Resources
01/22/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 0-N)
01/25/2021Reported from Appropriations (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2021Read first time
01/27/2021Read second time and engrossed
01/28/2021Read third time and passed House (97-Y 3-N)
01/28/2021VOTE: Passage (97-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
01/29/2021Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2021Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with amendment (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2021Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/22/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/22/2021Reported from Finance and Appropriations with amendment (14-Y 0-N)
02/24/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/25/2021Read third time
02/25/2021Passed by temporarily
02/25/2021Reading of amendment waived
02/25/2021Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee amendment rejected
02/25/2021Finance and Appropriations Committee amendment agreed to
02/25/2021Amendment by Senator Locke withdrawn
02/25/2021Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/25/2021Passed Senate with amendment (39-Y 0-N)
02/25/2021Placed on Calendar
02/25/2021Senate amendment agreed to by House (95-Y 4-N)
02/25/2021VOTE: Adoption (95-Y 4-N)
03/09/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2203ER)
03/09/2021Signed by President
03/11/2021Signed by Speaker
03/15/2021Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 15, 2021
03/15/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/17/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2203ER)
03/24/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 332 (effective 7/1/21)
03/24/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0332)