National Food Service Management Institute Administration and Staffing Grant


The Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN), formerly know n as the Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN) is part of the School of Applied Science at The University of Mississippi, and is the only federally funded national center dedicated to applied research, education and training, and technical assistance for Child Nutrition Programs. The Institute was established and authorized by Congress, in 1989, and funded at The University of Mississippi in 1991 by a grant administered through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). In 1994, the Institute was permanently authorized. The specific duties (described below) of the Institute can be found in section 21 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, 42 U.S.C. 1769b-1.

Administration and Staffing Grant:
The Institute receives $5,000,000 through a non-competitive grant each year as stipulated in section 21 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, as amended and reauthorized, for activities that include training, applied research, preparation of informational materials and maintenance of an information clearinghouse. The grant funds staff positions in the Institute’s four divisions: Education and Training, Information Services, Applied Research and Administration.

General Education Cooperative Agreement:
The Institute receives $800,000 for general education through a non-competitive cooperative agreement. The general education agreement supports activities under Team Nutrition. Team Nutrition is a USDA initiative to support the Child Nutrition Programs through training and technical assistance for foodservice, nutrition education for children and their caregivers, and school and community support for healthy eating and physical activity. In addition the FNS Office of Food Safety provides funding to support its mission of increasing awareness, visibility, and impact of food safety on USDA nutrition assistance programs. The Institute 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). A complete description is at CFDA 10.585 “FNS Food Safety Grants.”

Chefs Move to Schools Cooperative Agreement:
In addition, $500,000 is provided to support the Chefs Move to Schools program. The overall goal is to continue the efforts of establishing the Chefs Move to Schools as a national volunteer movement that encourages Chef and School partnerships across the US to educate and empower children to develop healthier eating habits. Schools that sign up to partner with chefs receive menu ideas, culinary training and help teaching students about the importance of healthy meals.

Professional Standards Cooperative Agreement:
Also, $2,000,000 is provided to support Professional Standards. The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) of 2010, Section 306, directed the United States Department of Agriculture to establish minimum national professional standards for all school nutrition employees who manage and operate the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. These new standards will ensure that school nutrition personnel have the training and tools they need to plan, purchase and prepare safe, nutritious and enjoyable school meals. The rule institutes minimum hiring standards for the selection of State and local school nutrition program directors; and requires all personnel in these programs to complete annual continuing education/training. The standards are effective July 1, 2015. The principal benefit of this rule is to ensure that key school nutrition personnel are meeting minimum professional standards in order to adequately perform the duties and responsibilities of their positions.

Mission and Vision:
The Institute's mission is to provide information and services that promote the continuous improvement of Child Nutrition Programs. The vision is to be the leader in providing education, research, and resources to promote excellence in Child Nutrition Programs. The Institute serves anyone connected with the Child Nutrition Programs: National School Lunch, School Breakfast, Summer Food Service, and Child and Adult Care Food Programs. As a national center, and to fulfill its mission, the Institute develops educational resources, and offers training and technical assistance using appropriate technology for child nutrition professionals across the nation and conducts applied research. It is the training and technical assistance arm of the Child Nutrition Programs.

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; Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: ICN continues to work under its six Strategic Beacons to successfully execute their strategic plan and achieve their goals: 1. Branding for a National Presence; 2. Leader in Child Nutrition Resources and Training; 3. Authority in Child Nutrition Research; 4. Integrative Research-Based Resources and Training; 5. Collaborative Partnerships; and 6. Stewardship. ICN engages in the following activities: 1. Develop regional training and research teams and regional training sites in each of the USDA’s seven regions; 2. Enhance the relationships between ICN, USDA regional offices, state agency directors, and USDA contacts; 3. Continue marketing ICN resources and services; and 4. Partner with a variety of non-profit allied organizations active in child nutrition programming.

ICN has provided education and training on topics including the First Lady's Chefs Move to Schools, food safety, school gardens, USDA's Healthier US Schools Challenge, nutrition, new meal patterns, school wellness, marketing, financial management, facility design, procurement practices, and human resource management to professionals from across the nation, Guam, and the Virgin Islands.

In addition, ICN research division has completed various phases of projects involving factors that impact participation in middle schools, research needs in farm to school programs, impact of serving healthier school meals on school nutrition programs, and knowledge and skill statements for State agency staff.

Also, ICN created and continues to deliver a training program to introduce chefs to the unique requirements and challenges of the National School Lunch Program. Trained chefs from this program are co-teaching with school nutrition professionals in the ICN Healthy Cuisine for Kids training and the Face to Face Culinary Techniques training, as well as creating chef videos that are available on the ICN web site. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 1751, 1758, 1759a,1761, 1765, 1766, 1769, 1772, 1773, 1779; School Breakfast Program (SBP); Child Nutrition Act of 1966, as amended, Public Laws 108-265, 104-193, 100-435, 99-661, 97-35; Special Milk Program (SMP); Child Nutrition Act of 1966, as amended; Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP); 89 Stat. 522-525, Summer Food Service Program (SFSP); American Recovery Act and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5. The 2010 Agriculture Appropriations Act (Public Law 111-80).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Non-competitive. Appropriated by Congress to provide financial and other assistance to the University of Mississippi, in cooperation with the University of Southern Mississippi, to establish and maintain a food service management institute.
Beneficiary Eligibility
FNS nutrition assistance program decision makers, FNS nutrition assistance program providers, and children and teachers.
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
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. Application package must be submitted electronically via
Award Procedure
Applicant must meet the non-competitive grant and cooperative agreement submission requirements for completeness and conformity in a grant application, statement of work and budget. FNS will determine the technical merit of each grant and cooperative agreement application, approve, and then award funds.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days.
From 30 to 60 days.
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. Guidance on restrictions is set forth in the grant document.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
The quarterly and final programmatic reports are required to be submitted by the grantee in accordance with the grant terms and conditions. The quarterly and final financial reports are required to be submitted by the grantee in accordance with the grant terms and conditions. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
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.
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
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grant period of performance is generally for 3 years. Extensions to the period of performance must be approved by FNS and limited to a maximum of 5 years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Cynthia Long, 3101 Park Center Drive Room 628, Alexandria, Virginia 22302. Phone: 703-305-2590
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Salaries) FY 14 $5,000,000; FY 15 est $5,000,000; and FY 16 est $5,000,000 - Administration and Staffing Grant. (Cooperative Agreements) FY 14 $800,000; FY 15 est $800,000; and FY 16 est $800,000 - General Education Cooperative Agreement. (Cooperative Agreements) FY 14 Not Available; FY 15 est $500,000; and FY 16 Estimate Not Available - Chefs Move to Schools Cooperative Agreement. (Cooperative Agreements) FY 14 $2,000,000; FY 15 est $2,000,000; and FY 16 est $2,000,000 - Professional Standards Cooperative Agreement.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Available Administration and Staffing Grant (non-competitive) - $5,000,000.
Available General Education Cooperative Agreement (non-competitive) - $800,000.
Available Chefs Move to Schools Cooperative Agreement (non-competitive) - $500,000
Available Professional Standards Cooperative Agreement (non-competitive) - $2,000,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
7 CFR Part 3016, 7 CFR Part 3018. Determined by the legislation authorizing the grants.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.