Nutrition Assistance For Puerto Rico


An alternative to the Special Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to provide access to healthy food by needy persons residing in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Food and Nutrition Service, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
C - Direct Payments For Specified Use; Z - Salaries and Expenses
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981, as amended, Title 1, Section 116; Public Law 97-35; Public Law 97-253; Public Law 98-204; Public Law 99-114; Public Law 99-157; Public Law 99-182; Public Law 99-198; Public Law 101-624; Public Law 103-66; Public Law 104-127; Public Law 106-387; Public Law 107-171. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5, American Taxpayer Relief Act, Public Law 112-240
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico alone is eligible.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Low-income individuals and households are eligible for benefits as determined by the Commonwealth.
The Commonwealth is required to document the classes of households that receive benefits and the level of those benefits. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. 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. The Commonwealth is required to submit an annual plan of operation to the Food and Nutrition Service for approval.
Award Procedure
The Secretary of Agriculture designates the Commonwealth agency or agencies to operate the program upon submission of the request.
July 1, 2009 July 1 for plan submission. Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Program continues once approved unless there is a substantial failure to comply with regulations or withdrawal on the part of the Commonwealth.
How are proposals selected?
Only Puerto Rico may apply
How may assistance be used?
Households receive benefits to purchase food.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Financial Management Reviews and Management Evaluations
The Commonwealth is required to conduct an audit of expenditures at least once every two years, and is subject to audit by the Office of Inspector General, USDA.
The content and maintenance of records is specified by the Commonwealth's plan of operation.
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
Assistance is available for one fiscal year at a time. Assistance is provided through the electronic transfer system, consistent with Treasury Fiscal Requirement Manual, Volume I, Part 6, Section 2030. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Letter.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Regional Administrator, Mid-Atlantic Regional Office, Food and Nutrition Service, Department of Agriculture, Robbinsville, NJ 08691-1598. Contact: Patty Bennet. Telephone: (609) 259-5025, FTS: (609) 259-5025.
Headquarters Office
Patty Bennet
300 Corporate Blvd
Robbinsville, NJ 08691 US
Phone: 609-259-5025
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Salaries and Expenses) FY 22$2,531,776,000.00; FY 23 est $2,815,630,000.00; FY 24 est $2,930,332,000.00; FY 21$1,971,415,000.00; FY 20$1,937,647,000.00; FY 19$1,923,537,000.00; FY 18$1,929,646,000.00; FY 17$1,949,001,000.00; FY 16 est $1,959,136,000.00; FY 15$1,951,397,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Varies by income and household size. The average benefit for a household of 4 in FY22 was $551
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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