Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 Childhood Hunger Research and Demonstration Projects


Demonstration Projects to End Childhood Hunger: To test innovative strategies to end childhood hunger, including alternative models for service delivery and benefit levels that promote the reduction or elimination of childhood hunger and food insecurity.

The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act (HHFKA) provided $ 40 million to conduct and evaluate the demonstration projects. As stated in the request for applications (RFA) approximately $ 30 million will be awarded for up to five demonstration projects. The demonstration projects awarded under this grants program will be evaluated by a competitively selected evaluation contractor.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Food and Nutrition Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: Request for Applications posted 3/20/2014. Fiscal Year 2015: Grants awarded 2/2015 to five applicants:
Chickasaw Nation, OK, $9.7 million
Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, $3.6 million
Navajo Nation, AZ, $2.4 million
Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, $3.1 million
Virginia Department of Education, $8.8 million. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, Section 141 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, Section 23. Childhood Hunger Research; (b) Demonstration Projects to End Childhood Hunger, Title E, Section 141, Public Law 111-296, 124 Stat. 3206-3210, 42 U.S.C 1769d.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Not applicable.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
Grant applications must be signed by the Governor of the State or U.S. Territory, the Mayor of the District, or the leader of the Indian Tribal Organization (ITO) that has the responsibility and authority to designate which entity of group of entities will oversee the demonstration project and administer the funds on behalf of the State Agency. Note: the term "State Agency" refers to the agencies of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories or ITOs that administer federal nutrition assistance programs. 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 required. 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.
Award Procedure
FNS will assemble a peer panel group to review and determine the technical merits of each application. Selection criteria to be used for evaluating applications are provided in the Request for Applications (RFA).
Jul 07, 2014
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
The criteria include demonstration project design and implementation,staffing plan, management plan and budget and are described in the request for applications (RFA).
How may assistance be used?
The assistance will be used for testing innovative strategies including alternative models for service delivery and benefit levels that promote reduction or elimination of childhood hunger and food insecurity particularly in areas or populations where there are currently elevated levels of food insecurity or gaps in nutrition assistance program coverage. Intervention strategies of particular interest to USDA are described on page 12 of the request for applications (RFA). Demonstration projects cannot be Statewide. Demonstration projects must be in areas where at least 15 percent of households with children have incomes below the federal poverty line. Any requests for waivers of existing policies and rules must be consistent with existing waiver authority in each affected program.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Program reports are not applicable. No cash reports are required. The recipient will be responsible for managing and monitoring the progress of the grant project activities and performance. The award document will indicate the reporting schedule for submitting project performance/progress reports to FNS. The award recipient will be required to enter the SF-425, Financial Status Report data into the FNS Food Program Reporting Systeme on a quarterly basis. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
Not Applicable.
No Data Available.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
There is a time restriction; money will no longer be available after 09/30/2017. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Anita Singh 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 1014, Alexandria, Virginia 22302 Email: Phone: 7033032152
Website Address
No Data Available
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 14 Not Available; FY 15 est $30,000,000; and FY 16 Not Separately Identifiable - $30 million for the grants will be obligated in FY 2015. This money is FY13-17 funds.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Background literature on Childhood Hunger and Food Insecurity is provided in the Request for Applications (RFA). The citation and link to the legislation for the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act (HHFKA) of 2010, Section 23 (b) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act is provided in the RFA. The RFA also includes the eligibility requirements and restrictions for the demonstration projects.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: Chickasaw Nation: The Chickasaw Nation will implement the Chickasaw Nation Nutrition Services Demonstration Project to End Childhood Hunger, which will provide food through home delivery to households with children who qualify for free school meals.

Kentucky: The Commonwealth of Kentucky will implement the Ticket to Healthy Food Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Demonstration, which will test the impact of providing households with children an additional transportation deduction that may increase their SNAP benefits. The project will serve the Kentucky Highlands area in the southeastern part of the state – a designated Promise Zone.

Navajo Nation: The Navajo Nation Division of Health will implement the Food Access Navigation Project, which will employ Food Access Navigators to evaluate assets and gaps in food access in selected regions of the reservation and provide technical assistance for connecting eligible households to nutrition assistance programs.

Nevada: The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health will implement the Nevada SNAP Enhancement Demonstration Project to test the relative impacts on SNAP households with children of (1) an increase in SNAP benefits, and (2) a SNAP increase plus additional outreach, education, and case management.

Virginia: The Virginia Department of Education will implement the Virginia Hunger-Free Kids Act Demonstration Project, which will test the impact of providing (1) three school meals a day to all children in select schools during the school year, (2) food for weekends and school breaks, and (3) more resources for low-income households to purchase food during the summer months. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available