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Pantries Exempt From Annual Fee

Pantries Exempt From Annual Fee

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah food pantries are getting some good news as the busiest time of the year approaches.

The pantries requested a waiver for a new state inspection fee. It hasn't officially been granted yet, but the state Department of Agriculture and Food plans to approve it.

The department is telling food pantries to not pay the bills, which ranged from 30 dollars to 350 dollars. Pantry officials say that can add up to a lot, especially when money is tight already.

Lawmakers approved legislation earlier this year that allowed the Department of Agriculture and Food to begin charging fees for inspections.

According to the legislation, the new fee could generate as much as 250-thousand dollars.

The department has proposed an exemption for places that distribute food without charging for it.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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