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 two active cooperative agreements funded. 1. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) established a Center for Food Safety in Child Nutrition Programs to conduct research 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 Institute of Child Nutrition, 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)

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
10.585
Federal Agency/Office
Food and Nutrition Service, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 ICN • 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. • Translated Food Safety in Schools into Spanish, and presented an in-person pilot class completely in Spanish at the School Nutrition Association Annual National Conference. • Developed and piloted an interactive Mock Health Inspection training for school nutrition professionals. • Developed and finalized a Food Safety in Child Care Homes print resource. • Conducted Produce Safety University for Small Districts • Conducted Food Defense Tabletop Exercises Center of Excellence • Initiate new research in the following areas: Reducing food waste through safe food practices; developing best practices for safe cooling of foods; Identifying operational characteristics for childcare providers to improve food safety resources; and developing a dynamic research-based information system about food safety topics applicable to child nutrition operations. • Conclude research for projects initiated during previous grant years. Activities include data collection and analyses; preparation of written reports and publications; and collaboration with the Institute of Child Nutrition to develop educational resources based on research. • Deliver Serving Up Science: The Path to Safe Food in Schools. • Provide research resources to support FNS projects and provide other technical assistance as needed. • Analyze and summarize evaluations for Produce Safety University courses and conduct 6-month evaluations. • Present research at various National and State agency conferences and meetings. NEHA •Support presentations on the Food Safe Schools Action Guide content at the 2016 NEHA Annual Education Conference. •Promote and distribute the Food Safe Schools Action Guide at NEHA training sessions and workshops. •Maintained the subscription Website service for the Office of Food Safety food safe schools (.org and .com domains). • Hosted a focus group at the 2016 NEHA AEC to identify best practices of regulatory food safety professionals and school working together. NAS Food Allergy Study •Prepared draft comprehensive report of findings from committee meetings •Publish and deliver final report to Office of Food Safety, anticipated June 2016 NAS Food Forum • Held meeting to provide a foundation for understanding antibiotic resistance globally; explore the link between antibiotic use in food production and antibiotic resistance, including pathways for antibiotics to enter the food supply, mechanisms and evidence of antibiotic resistance transfer between animals and humans, and public health impacts; and discuss the prevention of antibiotic resistance through stewardship and alternative approaches. ICN • 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. • Translated Food Safety in Schools into Spanish, and presented an in-person pilot class completely in Spanish at the School Nutrition Association Annual National Conference. • Developed and piloted an interactive Mock Health Inspection training for school nutrition professionals. • Developed and finalized a Food Safety in Child Care Homes print resource. • Conducted Produce Safety University for Small Districts • Conducted Food Defense Tabletop Exercises Center of Excellence • Initiated new research in the following areas: Reducing food waste through safe food practices; developing best practices for safe cooling of foods; Identifying operational characteristics for childcare providers to improve food safety resources; and developing a dynamic research-based information system about food safety topics applicable to child nutrition operations. • Concluded research for projects initiated during previous grant years. Activities include data collection and analyses; preparation of written reports and publications; and collaboration with the Institute of Child Nutrition to develop educational resources based on research. • Delivered Serving Up Science: The Path to Safe Food in Schools. • Provided research resources to support FNS projects and provide other technical assistance as needed. • Analyzed and summarize evaluations for Produce Safety University courses and conduct 6-month evaluations. • Presented research at various National and State agency conferences and meetings. NEHA •Supported presentations on the Food Safe Schools Action Guide content at the 2016 NEHA Annual Education Conference. •Promoted and distributed the Food Safe Schools Action Guide at NEHA training sessions and workshops. •Maintained the subscription Website service for the Office of Food Safety food safe schools (.org and .com domains). • Hosted a focus group at the 2016 NEHA AEC to identify best practices of regulatory food safety professionals and school working together. NAS Food Allergy Study •Prepared draft comprehensive report of findings from committee meetings •Published and deliver final report to Office of Food Safety NAS Food Forum • Held meeting to provide a foundation for understanding antibiotic resistance globally; explore the link between antibiotic use in food production and antibiotic resistance, including pathways for antibiotics to enter the food supply, mechanisms and evidence of antibiotic resistance transfer between animals and humans, and public health impacts; and discuss the prevention of antibiotic resistance through stewardship and alternative approaches.
Fiscal Year 2017 ICN -Provide food safety training to child nutrition professionals based on their needs, including Food Safety in Schools, Norovirus Training, Food Allergies in Schools and Food Safety Basics. -Continue to provide printing and distribution of food safety resources. -Deliver food safety training using a train-the-trainer model to leverage resources and help school districts train local staff. -Implement a marketing and promotion plan to increase awareness of ICN food safety training resources. -Produce and distribute a new resource for the Summer Food Service Program ˇV the Summer Meals Food Safety Resource Kit. The Center -Conclude research for projects initiated during previous grant years. Activities include data collection and analysis; preparation of written reports and publications; and collaboration with the Institute of Child Nutrition to develop educational resources based on research. -Deliver Serving Up Science: The Path to Safe Food in Schools. -Provide research resources to support FNS projects and provide other technical assistance as needed. -Analyze and summarize evaluations for Produce Safety University courses and conduct 6-month evaluations. -Present research at various National and State agency conferences and meetings. NAS Food Forum „X- Held meeting on Nutrition across the lifespan for Healthy Aging. The meeting explored consumer choices about food and ingredients through factors that drive consumer preference and shape food environments.
Fiscal Year 2018 ICN - Provide food safety training to child nutrition professionals based on their needs, including Food Safety in Schools, Norovirus Training, Food Allergies in Schools and Food Safety Basics. - Continue to provide printing and distribution of food safety resources. - Continue distribution of the Summer Meals Food Safety Resource Kit. - Develop a prototype Food Safety Resource Kit for the Child and Adult Care Food Program. Develop and launch online introduction to Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point training for schools. - Implement a marketing and promotion plan to increase awareness of ICN food safety training resources. The Center - Development of new projects in Food Safety in Child Nutrition Programs. - Complete Food Defense data analysis and reporting. - Complete one food safety immersion course for child nutrition professionals. - Planning and design stage of Farm to School Food Safety Research Project.
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)., Title Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, Section 6(a)(3)
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 FNS nutrition assistance program recipients
Credentials/Documentation
Not currently applicable. Further direction will be available from Program Office.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
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. Non-solicited proposals may also be considered as funding allows. Office of Food Safety is granted two-year funding appropriations.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: 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 formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not currently applicable. Not currently applicable.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Charlsia Fortner
3101 Park Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22302 US
charlsia.fortner@usda.gov
Phone: 7033052231
Website Address
http://www.fns.usda.gov/fns/food_safety.htm
Financial Information
Account Identification
12-3539-0-1-605
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 18$600,000.00; FY 19 est $600,000.00; FY 20 est $600,000.00; FY 17$800,000.00; FY 16$800,000.00; - An RFA was posted for 90 days and received 4 responses. One response was ineligible based on the award criteria. Three applications were sent to a technical review panel who reached a consensus based on standard scoring criteria. An initial award of $600,000 was disbursed. An additional $600,000 will be disbursed each year for a period of 3 years with the potential to extend the period of performance up to a total of six years. The Center has been renamed for 2018 and beyond: Center for Food Safety in Child Nutrition Programs(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$320,500.00; FY 19 est $150,000.00; FY 20 est $300,000.00; FY 17$168,000.00; FY 16$300,000.00; - Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN).
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$150,000 - $1.8 million
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 2016 See Section 130 See Section 130
Fiscal Year 2017 See Section 130
Fiscal Year 2019 See Section 130

 


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