Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations

 

The Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) is a nutrition assistance program that may be operated, at the request of a Tribe or Indian Tribal Organization (ITO) on an Indian reservation, approved areas near a reservation, or approved service areas in Oklahoma. Income eligible households receive a supplemental monthly food package and nutrition education. Households may not participate in FDPIR and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) at the same time. In FY 2014, five States and 100 ITOs administered the program on 276 Indian reservations, pueblos, rancherias, and Alaska Native Villages. Nutrition assistance was provided to an average of 85.4 thousand persons per month. All participating ITOs receive administrative funding for costs incurred in the operation of the program; a portion of these administrative funds can be used for nutrition education activities. Additionally, Food Distribution Program Nutrition Education (FDPNE) grants are awarded competitively to participating FDPIR ITOs for culturally relevant nutrition education activities that promote healthy choices through the use of USDA Foods and physical activity among FDPIR participants. CFDA 10.594 FDPIR Nutrition Education Grants.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
10.567
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Food and Nutrition Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
PROJECT GRANTS; SALE, EXCHANGE, OR DONATION OF PROPERTY OR GOODS
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: In FY 2014, five States and 100 ITOs administered 112 programs on 276 Indian reservations, pueblos, rancherias, and Alaska Native Villages. Approximately 66.2 million pounds of food was purchased for FDPIR, 85.4 thousand people were served on an average monthly basis, and 20 ITOs received FDPNE grants. Fiscal Year 2015: In FY 2015, an estimated five States and 100 ITOs administer the program on 276 Indian reservations, pueblos, rancherias, and Alaska Native Villages, and 15 ITOs will undertake FDPNE grant funded nutrition education projects. In FY 2015, a three-year national study of FDPIR and its participants is nearing completion. Results are pending. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available.
Authorization
Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, Public Law 110-246, 7 U.S.C 2011-2036; Agriculture and Consumer Protection Act of 1973, Public Law 93-86.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The administration of FDPIR is limited to ITOs or to SDAs that assume administration on behalf of/at the request of a Tribe(s).
Beneficiary Eligibility
FDPIR eligibility is limited to income eligible households residing on participating reservations or income eligible Indian Tribal Households (see definition at 7 CFR 253.2) residing in approved areas near a reservation or in approved service areas in Oklahoma. The ITOs/SDAs are responsible for certifying households based on national eligibility criteria. The income standards vary by household size and are based on 100% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines adjusted by the applicable SNAP standard deduction.
Credentials/Documentation
Applicant ITO/SDA administrators must submit Form SF-424 (Application for Federal Assistance) and a Plan of Operation. ITOs and SDAs must comply with federal financial management policies and regulations. Applicant households must submit a completed application form and provide documentation in accordance with federal regulations at 7 CFR 253.6. 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 eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. ITOs and SDAs that want to administer FDPIR must submit Form SF-424 (Application for Federal Assistance) to the appropriate FNS Regional Office, as well as a Plan of Operation. The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency as implemented by 2 CFR Part 200, must be used for this program.
Award Procedure
Administrative funding is provided annually by FNS to ITOs and SDAs for use in administering the program. Program benefits for eligible households are provided in the form of a monthly food package, selected by the household in accordance with Federal guide rates that are based on household size. ITOs and SDAs order from a list of about 120 available foods. The foods are delivered to the ITOs/SDAs on a predetermined schedule set by the ITO/SDA.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
ITOs/SDAs who wish to begin administering the program can submit an application at any time. FNS must determine within 30 days of the receipt of a completed application if an ITO/State agency is capable of administering the program. ITOs and SDAs must make foods available to eligible households within 7 days of receipt of the completed application form (1 day for households with no income).
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Approval to administer the program continues unless a withdrawal is requested or required because of program irregularities, or funding is unavailable. Administrative funding is provided on an annual basis; a new Form SF-424 must be submitted each year. Households are assigned certification periods of varying lengths based on household circumstances. Household certification periods may not exceed one year, except elderly or disabled households may be certified for up to 24 months if household circumstances are stable.
How are proposals selected?
FDPIR eligibility is limited to income eligible households residing on participating reservations or income eligible Indian Tribal Households (see definition at 7 CFR 253.2) residing in approved areas near a reservation or in approved service areas in Oklahoma. The ITOs/SDAs are responsible for certifying households based on national eligibility criteria. The income standards vary by household size and are based on 100% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines adjusted by the applicable SNAP standard deduction. Households may not participate in FDPIR and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) at the same time.
How may assistance be used?
USDA provides USDA Foods to authorized ITOs and State Distributing Agencies (SDA) for distribution, free of charge, to qualifying households. FNS makes available to the ITOs and SDAs a minimum of 75% of the administrative funds necessary to operate the program and to conduct nutrition education. FDPNE grants can be used for nutrition education services to FDPIR participants and FDPIR-eligible participants. The ITOs and SDAs must follow national polices in certifying eligible households and issuing USDA Foods, and must comply with program and financial reporting requirements. The USDA Foods may not be sold, exchanged, or otherwise disposed of (authorized distribution excepted) without prior, specific approval of USDA. The Federal funds provided must be used to meet allowable expenses incurred in operating FDPIR. These funds may not be used to purchase real property (land or buildings).
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Form FNS-152, Monthly Distribution of Donate Food to Family Units, captures, on a monthly basis, the number of households certified and number of households/individuals participating. It also captures food inventory (i.e., receipts, distributions, and remaining inventory at end of month). Form FNS-101, Participation in Food Program-by Race, captures racial ethnic data for the month of July each year. No cash reports are required. No progress reports are required. Form SF-425, Federal Financial Report, captures, on a quarterly basis, Federal funding authorized, obligated, and obligated but not liquidated. Form SF-425 also captures non-federal funds used for the program. ITOs and SDAs are required to conduct annual reviews of program operations.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Records
Each ITO and SDA must maintain accurate and complete program records and reports, including household case files, for 3 years following the close of the fiscal year or until any outstanding audit, claim or litigation is settled.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title 7, Part 253.11.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 25.%. The 25% match requirement may be waived or lowered, if compelling justification is provided by the ITO/SDA.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Administrative funding for ITOs/State agencies expires at the end of each fiscal year. Food donations for household distribution are continuous. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. See Food and Nutrition Service Regional Offices listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog. The following Food and Nutrition Service Regional Offices have FDPIR programs within their regional area: Mountain Plains, Midwest, Southwest, Southeast, Northeast, and Western.
Headquarters Office
Dana Rasmussen Food and Nutrition Service
Food Distribution Division
3101 Park Center Dr., 5th Floor
, Alexandria, Virginia 22302 Email: Dana.Rasmussen@fns.usda.gov Phone: 703-305-2662
Website Address
http://www.fns.usda.gov/fdpir/food-distribution-program-indian-reservations-fdpir
Financial Information
Account Identification
12-3505-0-1-605.
Obligations
(Salaries) FY 14 $40,189,000; FY 15 est $40,792,000; and FY 16 est $41,527,000 - Administrative Expenses. (Project Grants) FY 14 $79,311,000; FY 15 est $104,399,000; and FY 16 est $103,644,000 - USDA Foods in-lieu of SNAP.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
In FY 2014, the monthly per person food package was approximately $67.59. Federal administrative funding to the ITOs and State agencies varies based on number of persons served in each program and the unique operational needs of each program.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
7 CFR Part 253; 7 CFR Part 254; 7 CFR Part 250; FNS Handbook 501
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Contact the Food and Nutrition Service Regional Offices listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog for participating Indian Tribal Organizations (ITOs). Fiscal Year 2015: Contact the Food and Nutrition Service Regional Offices listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog for participating Indian Tribal Organizations (ITOs). Fiscal Year 2016: Contact the Food and Nutrition Service Regional Offices listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog for participating Indian Tribal Organizations (ITOs).

 


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