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Resolution RS2020-500

A resolution proposing recommendations by the COVID-19 Financial Oversight Committee for distribution of $2,500,000.00 in CARES Act funds from the COVID-19 Pandemic Fund No. 300099 to provide food assistance for Davidson County residents affected by COVID-19, to be administered by Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee using the Our Fair Share Nashville Preliminary Report submitted by The Equity Alliance and commissioned by the Mayor’s Office.

WHEREAS, on June 16, 2020, the Metropolitan Council passed Substitute Ordinance BL2020-286, the budget ordinance for the Metropolitan Government for Fiscal Year 2021, which was subsequently signed into law by Mayor John Cooper on June 17, 2020; and

WHEREAS, Substitute Ordinance BL2020-286 established a COVID-19 Financial Oversight Committee (“the Committee”) to collect, consider, and recommend appropriate uses of all federal and state funds provided to the Metropolitan Government specifically for COVID-19 relief and recovery, including but not limited to, federal CARES Act funds, and to submit its initial recommendations to the Mayor, the Director of Finance, and the Metropolitan Council not later than August 3, 2020; and

WHEREAS, there are federal requirements for use of CARES Act funds that require that these funds be used or distributed on or before December 30, 2020; and

WHEREAS, Resolution RS2020-478 addressed initial recommendations by the Committee, including the immediate and critical need to provide financial assistance in the form of rent and mortgage payments and utilities payments to benefit individuals in Davidson County who have suffered the most from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic; and

WHEREAS, the Committee recognizes an immediate and critical need to provide food assistance to benefit individuals in Davidson County who have suffered the most from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic; and

WHEREAS, the Committee accepts the Our Fair Share Nashville Preliminary Report of The Equity Alliance as an appropriate resource that accurately captures many of the zip codes in Davidson County with the most immediate need for such assistance; and

WHEREAS, based on the urgency with which these funds must be distributed and the expertise and familiarity that Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee (“Second Harvest”) possesses with respect to distribution of CARES Act funds, Second Harvest would be an appropriate administrator of these funds; and

WHEREAS, the Committee finds that distribution of these funds towards food assistance should not be contingent on the ability to produce a social security number; and

WHEREAS, the Committee recognizes that there are pressing needs throughout Davidson County, including the need to assist small businesses, provide community support, and replace city resources spent fighting the pandemic, which the Committee intends to address in its subsequent recommendations; and

WHEREAS, it is to the benefit of the citizens of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and
Davidson County that this resolution be approved.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY:

Section 1. The Metropolitan Council accepts this resolution as a recommendation of the COVID-19 Financial Oversight Committee.

Section 2. The Metropolitan Council requests the Mayor’s Office and the Director of Finance to release $2,500,000.00 in CARES Act funds to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, with an indirect allocation rate not to exceed three percent, as soon as possible to be administered in accordance with this Resolution.

Section 3. The Metropolitan Council directs Second Harvest to distribute food for Davidson County residents who are most affected by food shortages a result of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and that these distributions be made in accordance with the financial requirements of the federal CARES Act and the financial reporting requirements of the Director of Finance.

Section 4. The Metropolitan Council directs Second Harvest to reference the Our Fair Share Nashville Preliminary Report of The Equity Alliance as an appropriate resource to prioritize individuals who should receive food assistance, with the understanding that any resident of Davidson County suffering a food shortage because of COVID-19 shall be considered eligible to receive assistance.

Section 5. The Metropolitan Council directs Second Harvest to distribute these funds irrespective of the ability of beneficiaries to produce a social security number.

Section 6. The Metropolitan Council directs the COVID-19 Financial Oversight Committee to oversee Second Harvest’s administration of these funds, to determine how the food and related resources should be disbursed and allocated, and to establish reporting requirements to ensure that food and related resources are distributed as required by this Resolution. These requirements include, but are not limited to:

1. Second Harvest will collect data through its Link-2-Feed data tracking system.
2. Funds shall be used to source, store, assemble and deliver food to Davidson County residents adversely affected by COVID-19. Payments of funds to individuals is prohibited.
3. Applications for food support are prohibited from asking for a social security number.
4. Bi-weekly reporting from Second Harvest to the Committee is required. The required information includes but is not limited to the following:

a. Accounting of any distribution of food and related resources, including identification of partner organizations
b. Accounting of any and all fees related to the disbursement of these funds
c. Balance of funds remaining from the $2,500,000 allocation
d. Demographics of beneficiaries of any funds, including but not limited to Age, Race, Sex and Zip Code

Section 7. The Metropolitan Council directs that any funds that have not been disbursed by Second Harvest by November 15, 2020, shall be immediately returned to the Metropolitan Government to be reallocated by the COVID-19 Financial Oversight Committee prior to December 30, 2020.

Section 8. This resolution shall take effect from and after its final passage, the welfare of the public requiring it.

Sponsor(s)

Sandra Sepulveda, Bob Mendes, Courtney Johnston, Jennifer Gamble, Joy Styles, Delishia Porterfield

Legislative History

Referred toBudget and Finance Committee
Health, Hospitals, and Social Services Committee

IntroducedAugust 18, 2020

AdoptedAugust 18, 2020

ApprovedAugust 19, 2020

ByMayor Cooper's signature

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Last Modified: 08/21/2020 1:22 PM