Jun 15, 2005
The completed application package must be received at Food and Nutrition Service Headquarters, Department of Agriculture, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 738, Alexandria, Virginia 22302?1594 on or before June 15, 2005. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on this date. Applications may be personally delivered until this time, or mailed sufficiently in advance of the deadline to ensure timely receipt. If you opt to mail your application, we strongly suggest using a mail delivery service that guarantees delivery and allows you to track delivery to FNS. FNS will not accept applications sent by data fax or email (no electronic submissions). Late applications, and additions or revisions to an application after it is received will not be considered.
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The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides free, nutritious meals and snacks to children in low-income areas, during long school vacations, when they do not have access to school lunch or breakfast. Although 16 million children depend on free and reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), only three million of these children receive meals during the summer months through the NSLP and SFSP.
The Food and Nutrition Service, USDA (FNS) is committed to improving access to the SFSP for children in needy areas. Participation is especially critical in rural areas, where the lack of transportation resources can be a significant obstacle that prevents the participation of organizations that could make nutritious SFSP meals available as part of constructive activities for children.
Section 116(d) of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 authorizes FNS to provide grants in the SFSP for innovative approaches for overcoming limited transportation resources in rural areas. In accordance with Chapter 7 Part 225 of the Code of Federal Regulations, the definition of rural used in this Request for Applications (RFA) means: (a) any area in a county which is not a part of a Metropolitan Statistical Area or (b) any ``pocket'' within a Metropolitan Statistical Area which, at the option of the State agency and with FNS concurrence, is determined to be geographically isolated from urban areas.Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis through a maximum of five eligible State agencies that administer the SFSP, to not more than 60 eligible service institutions, to increase participation at congregate feeding sites through innovative approaches to limited transportation in rural areas.
Who can apply:
Nonprofits That Do Not Have A 501(C)(3) Status With The IRS, Other Than Institutions Of Higher Education
State (Includes District Of Columbia; Includes Institutions Of Higher Education And Hospitals)
Eligible functional categories:
Child Nutrition Discretionary Grants Limited Availability
The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, P.L. 108-265, authorizes the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to award grants in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) for innovative approaches for overcoming limited transportation resources
If you have problems accessing the full announcement, please contact:
Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Grants Management Division