(a) In general
(b) DefinitionsFor purposes of this section—
(1) the term “eligible entity” means—
a private entity, as determined by the Secretary; and
(c) Project requirementsProjects approved under this section shall—
(2) include a collaboration between one or more public agencies and one or more eligible entities that—
improves the effectiveness and impact of the supplemental nutrition assistance program;
develops food security solutions that are specific to the needs of a community or region; and
strengthens the capacity of communities to address food insecurity and poverty.
(d) EvaluationThe Secretary shall provide for an independent evaluation of pilot projects approved under this section that includes—
(1) Authorization of appropriations
There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $5,000,000 to remain available until expended.