Program Number:10.583
Program Title:Hunger Free Communities
Department:Food and Nutrition Service, Department of Agriculture
Objectives:As defined in the H.Con.Res. 302(102nd Congress), the 14 goals of the Hunger-Free Communities initiative are: 1. Having a community-based emergency food delivery network that coordinates the services of programs such as food pantries, food banks, and congregate meals facilities. 2. Assessing food insecurity problems and evaluating existing services in the community to determine necessary strategies for responding to unmet needs. 3. Establishing a group of individuals, including low-income participants, to develop and to implement policies and programs to combat food insecurity, to monitor responsiveness of existing services, and to address underlying causes and factors related to hunger. 4. Participating in federally assisted nutrition programs that should be easily accessible to targeted populations, such as the Federal programs that provide school breakfast, school lunch, summer food, child care food, and food for homeless and older individuals. 5. Effectively integrating public and private resources, including local businesses, to alleviate food insecurity. 6. Having an education program about food needs of the community and the need for increased local citizen participation in activities to alleviate food insecurity. 7. Having available information and referral services for accessing both public and private programs and services. 8. Having initiatives for alleviating food shopping constraints through the development of creative food resources such as community gardens, buying clubs, food cooperatives, community-owned and operated grocery stores, and farmers' markets. 9. Carrying out activities to identify and target food services to high-risk populations. 10. Having adequate transport and distribution of food from all resources. 11. Coordinating food services with park and recreation programs and other community-based outlets to which residents of the area would have easy access. 12. Improving public transportation, human service agencies, and food resources. 13. Having nutrition education programs for low-income citizens to enhance good food-purchasing and food-preparation skills and to heighten awareness of the connection between diet and health. 14. Having a program for collecting and distributing nutritious food, either agricultural commodities in farmers' fields or foods that have already been prepared, that would otherwise be wasted.
Assistance Type:Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)
Use:Grant funds may be used for any initiative that addresses the immediate food and nutrition needs of people experiencing hunger, improves access to food as part of a comprehensive service, develops new resources and strategies to help reduce hunger in the community, prevents hunger, assesses the extend and causes of hunger in the community, and/or develops a comprehensive plan to end hunger in the community. Grants may not be used for: • constructing, expanding or repairing a facility or equipment; and • purchasing equipment other than computer hardware and software, warehouses, storage space 'Equipment' means an article of nonexpendable, tangible personal property having a useful life of more than one year and an acquisition cost which equals or exceeds the lesser of the capitalization level established by the non-profit organization for financial statement purposes, or $5,000. (2 CFR Part 230, Appendix B, Selected Items of Cost) Each unit purchase at $4999.99 and below is considered materials. Materials that are necessary and related to the project are an allowable cost if approved by the agency. $5 million.
Applicant:Grant applications must include at least one of the 14 goals of the Hunger-Free Communities Initiative as defined in the H.Con.Res. 302 (102nd Congress). The grant will be used by the grant recipient to provide the targeted community with assistance for a hunger-free community. The Federal share of the cost of the activities funded by these grants shall not exceed 80 percent. The grantee is responsible for the remaining 20 percent. Grantees will be allowed to use the grant funds for the duration of the project period, not to exceed two years. These are collaborative grants, and applicants are required to partner with one or more organizations in their communities. Applicants are also required to partner with Food Policy Councils or their functional equivalent at the local level or include the creation of a Food Policy Council as part of their application should one not serve their community.
Local Office:None.
Headquarters:Raymond Magee Food and Nutrition Service Office of the Chief Communications Officer, External and Governmental Affairs 3101 Park Center Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22302 Email: Raymond.Magee@fns.usda.gov Phone: (703) 305-2657
Website:No Data Available
Examples:Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available