FNS Food Safety Grants

 

The Food and Nutrition Service’s Office of Food Safety provides funding to support its mission of increasing awareness, visibility, and impact of food safety on USDA nutrition assistance programs. There are five active grants funded.

1. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) established a Center of Excellence for School Food Safety Research to provide science-based support to improve the safety of foods provided through the FNS nutrition assistance programs, particularly those served in schools and child care settings. The Center provides an interdisciplinary and timely approach to applied food safety research needs related to FNS nutrition assistance programs, particularly the child nutrition programs, and develop written communications to convey research results to a variety of audiences, including scientists, policy makers, educators, and practitioners. (competitive)
2. The National Food Service Management Institute, an institute established by Congress to support Child Nutrition Programs, provides support to the FNS Office of Food Safety for developing food safety education programs and materials and conducting applied research related to food safety education. (non-competitive)
3. The National Environmental Health Association supports and promotes the use of the Food-Safe Schools Action Guide and maintains the online peer-reviewed school food safety resource list. (non-competitive)
4. The Institute of Medicine Food Forum provides opportunities for science and technology leaders in the food industry, government, consumer groups, and academicians to identify and discuss contemporary issues related to nutrition, food science, food safety, and food technology. Outcomes of the Food Forum include meetings and workshops, summaries or proceedings of meetings and workshops, and independent cooperative projects. (non-competitive)
5. The Institute of Medicine Food Allergies: Global Burden, Causes, Treatment, Prevention, and Public Policy consensus study examines critical issues related for food allergy, including the prevalence and severity of food allergies and their impact on affected individuals, families, and communities. The study will further the body of knowledge on emerging food allergy issues, including the impact on child nutrition. (non-competitive).

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
10.585
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Food and Nutrition Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: The Center of Excellence for Food Safety Research in Child Nutrition Programs (COE)
•Completed an assessment of the safety of school lunches served on field trips.
•Completed phase I of an observational study on food safety practices in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).
•Initiated a study to determine current practices and challenges associated with managing food allergies in schools, and the incidence and nature of recent food allergy reactions in schools.
•Initiated an evaluation of the scientific support for alternative hand hygiene practices associated with food prepared and/or served outside of the cafeteria.
•Completed a Delphi study identify research needs in Child Nutrition Programs.
•Administered surveys related to Produce Safety University, an immersion course offered through USDA FNS Office of Food Safety.
•Delivered three food science immersion courses for school nutrition professionals. The course enhanced school nutrition professionals’ knowledge of the core scientific principles that support a school food safety program based on HACCP principles.
•Presented at various National and State agency conferences and meetings including the annual meetings of the School Nutrition Association and National Environmental Health Association.
Publications
•Kwon, J., Roberts, K., Sauer K., Cole K. and Shanklin, C. 2014. Food safety risks in restaurants and school foodservice establishments. Food Protection Trends. 34(1): 25-35.
•Roberts, K., Sauer K., Sneed, J., Kwon, J., Olds, D., Cole K. and Shanklin, C. 2014. Analysis of School Food Safety Programs Based on HACCP Principles. Journal of Child Nutrition and Management. 38(1)
•Grisamore, A. and Roberts, L. 2014. Food Recall Attitudes and Behaviors of School Nutrition Directors. Journal of Child Nutrition and Management. 38(2)

The Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN) (formerly the National Food Service Management Institute)
•Developed and finalized new food borne pathogens fact sheets.
•Completed phase I (with COE) of an observational study on food safety practices in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).
•Delivered three Food Defense Tabletop Exercises, in Tennessee, Guam and Arizona.
•Research from the Center of Excellence for Research in Child Nutrition Programs (COE) translated into training resources.
•Conducted Major Cities Training Symposium.
•Developed and piloted the Food Safety Olympics Training.

National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)
•Supported presentations on the Food Safe Schools Action Guide content at the 2014 NEHA Annual Education Conference.
•Hosted a focus group among Environmental Health professionals at the 2014 NEHA Annual Education Conference.
•Initiated the development of a white paper to support legislative application of risk based inspections in schools.
•Promoted and distributed food safe schools resources at NEHA training sessions and workshops.
•Renewed the subscription Website service for the National Coalition for Food-Safe Schools (.org and .com domains).

Institute of Medicine Food Forum
•Held workshop to address the relationships between the brain, digestive system, and easting behavior. Fiscal Year 2015: The Center of Excellence for Food Safety Research in Child Nutrition Programs (COE)
•Completed phase II of an observational study on food safety practices in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).
•Completed research to determine current practices and challenges associated with managing food allergies in schools, and the incidence and nature of recent food allergy reactions in schools.
•Initiated employee behavior change research to implement training programs that overcome real, or perceived, barriers to the application of food safety practices in school foodservice operations.
•Initiated research to examine the relationship between SFSP and field trip food safety practices and microbial growth in food.
•Initiated a study that to evaluate the impact of safe food practices on the reduction of wasted food.
•Initiated an assessment of the status of the food safety regulatory framework in child care operations across the nation.
•Administered surveys related to Produce Safety University, an immersion course offered through USDA FNS Office of Food Safety
•Delivered three food science immersion courses for school nutrition professionals. The course enhanced school nutrition professionals’ knowledge of the core scientific principles that support a school food safety program based on HACCP principles.
•Presented at various National and State agency conferences and meetings including the annual meeting of the School Nutrition Association.
•Collaborated with the Institute of Child Nutrition to develop educational resources based on cooling practices research and the results of the comprehensive analysis of school food safety programs based on HACCP principles.
Publications
•Sneed, J., and Vaterlaus Patten, E. 2015. Current Practices for Providing School Field Trip Meals: Perspectives of School Nutrition Managers and Teachers. Journal of Child Nutrition and Management. 39(1)

The Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN) (formerly the National Food Service Management Institute)
•Revised Food Safety in Schools training launched.
•Conducted task force and developed series of resources on preparing for a water emergency.
•Printing and distribution of food safety resources, including new Food-Safe Schools Action Guide.
•Conducted Food Safety in Child Care advisory council and task force meeting to determine priorities for food safety resources in child care centers and homes.
•Research from the Center of Excellence for Research in Child Nutrition Programs (COE) translated into training resources.
•Launched new fact sheets and posters on safe cooling methods.
•Conducted Produce Safety University for Small Districts.
•Conducted Food Defense Tabletop Exercises in Texas and Florida.

National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)
•Supported presentations on the Food Safe Schools Action Guide content at the 2015 NEHA Annual Education Conference.
•Developed a white paper to support legislative application of risk based inspections in schools.
•Promoted and distributed food safe schools resources at NEHA training sessions and workshops.
•Maintained the subscription Website service for the National Coalition for Food-Safe Schools (.org and .com domains).

Institute of Medicine Food Forum
•Held meeting to bring together nutrition and toxicology perspectives
•Planning forum meetings, open to the general public

Institute of Medicine Food Allergy Consensus Study
•Received 150 nominations for suggested committee members with expertise in a variety of relevant disciplines were received from all sponsors and other stakeholders; a slate of 13 members was approved
•The committee held its first meeting and public meeting, which included presentations from the Office of Food Safety
•Project staff carried out a broad literature search to identify relevant scientific publications which were provided to the committee. Fiscal Year 2016: The Center of Excellence for Food Safety Research in Child Nutrition Programs (COE)
•Complete employee behavior change research to implement training programs that overcome real, or perceived, barriers to the application of food safety practices in school foodservice operations.
•Complete research to examine the relationship between SFSP and field trip food safety practices and microbial growth in food.
•Complete a study that to evaluate the impact of safe food practices on the reduction of wasted food.
•Complete an assessment of the status of the food safety regulatory framework in child care operations across the nation.
•Administered surveys related to Produce Safety University, an immersion course offered through USDA FNS Office of Food Safety.
•Deliver three food science immersion courses for school nutrition professionals. The course enhances school nutrition professionals’ knowledge of the core scientific principles that support a school food safety program based on HACCP principles.
•Present at various National and State agency conferences and meetings including the annual meeting of the School Nutrition Association.
•Collaborate with the Institute of Child Nutrition to develop educational resources based on research related to the Summer Food Service Program and field trips.

The Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN) (formerly the National Food Service Management Institute)
•Food Safety Training for Child Nutrition Professionals, including Food Safety in Schools, Norovirus Training, Food Allergies in Schools and Food Safety Basics.
•Printing and distribution of food safety resources.
•Research from the Center of Excellence for Research in Child Nutrition Programs (COE) translated into training resources.

National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)
•Support presentations on the Food Safe Schools Action Guide content at the 2016 NEHA Annual Education Conference.
•Publish a white paper to support legislative application of risk based inspections in schools.
•Promote and distribute the Food Safe Schools Action Guide at NEHA training sessions and workshops.
•Transfer the subscription Website service for the National Coalition for Food-Safe Schools (.org and .com domains) to the Center of Excellence for Food Safety Research in Child Nutrition Programs.

Institute of Medicine Food Allergy Consensus Study
•Prepare comprehensive report of findings from committee meetings
•Publish and deliver final report to Office of Food Safety.
Authorization
Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010, 2010, Public Law 110-80; Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, Section 6(a)(3), 42 U.S.C 1755(a)(3); National Agriculture Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977, Section 1472(b), 7 U.S.C 3318(b).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Assistance may be used to conduct research or perform other tasks to benefit FNS nutrition assistance programs in the area of food safety.
Beneficiary Eligibility
FNS nutrition assistance program decision makers, FNS nutrition assistance program providers, and children and teachers.
Credentials/Documentation
Not currently applicable. Further direction will be available from Program Office. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Not currently applicable.
Award Procedure
All applications that meet the published deadline for submission will be screened for completeness and conformity to the requirements as announced in the RFA package. Grants are awarded by a competitive process via a technical review panel composed of FNS and other Federal staff that will meet to determine the technical merit of each grant application, provide a numerical score, and make recommendations to selecting officials.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days. There are presently no open requests for applications.
Appeals
From 30 to 60 days.
Renewals
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not Applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Funding is provided to a university or organization to achieve the objectives of the grant. The university or organization may award sub-grants to obtain the expertise and skills needed to accomplish the objectives of the Center. Guidance on restrictions are set forth in the grant document.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
The quarterly and final programmatic progress and financial reports are required to be submitted by the grantee in accordance with the grant terms and conditions. No cash reports are required. Quarterly progress reports are required. Quarterly budget reports are required. The grantee will work closely with the Agency on performance progress.
Auditing
Not Applicable.
Records
The grantee must maintain records in accordance with the Grant Agreement. Such records must be retained for a period of 3 years after the date of submission of the final report for the fiscal year to which the records pertain, except that if audit findings have not been resolved, the records shall be retained beyond the 3-year period as long as required for the resolution of the issues raised by the audit.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
This program has no matching requirements.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not currently applicable. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Not currently applicable.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None.
Headquarters Office
Brenda Halbrook Office of Food Safety
Food and Nutrition Service
3101 Park Center Dr. , Alexandria, Virginia 22302 Email: Brenda.Halbrook@fns.usda.gov Phone: 703-305-2608 Fax: 703-305-2420
Website Address
http://www.fns.usda.gov/fns/food_safety.htm
Financial Information
Account Identification
12-3539-0-1-605.
Obligations
(Salaries) FY 14 $1,265,000; FY 15 est $1,280,000; and FY 16 est $1,265,000 - FY14: National Food Service Management Institute, $400,000; Institute of Medicine Food Forum, $15,000; National Environmental Health Association, $50,000; Center of Excellence, $800,000.
FY15: Institute of Child Nutrition (Formerly National Food Service Management Institute), $400,000; Institute of Medicine Food Forum, $15,000; National Environmental Health Association, $50,000; Center of Excellence, $800,000; IOM Allergy Consensus Study, $15,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
7 CFR Part 3015, 7 CFR Part 3016, 7 CFR Part 3017, 7 CFR Part 3018, 7 CFR Part 3019,
7 CFR Part 3021, and 7 CFR Part 3052.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: See Section 130. Fiscal Year 2015: See Section 130. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available

 


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