WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)
To provide fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits and vegetables from farmers markets to women, infants, and children who participate in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC); and to expand the awareness and use of farmers' markets and increase sales at such markets.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Food and Nutrition Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Fiscal Year 2014: 1.6 million participants, 17,450 farmers, 3,510 farmers’ markets, 2,931 roadside stands. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2016: No current data available.
Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010, Public Law 111-296, 106 Stat. 281; Child Nutrition Act of 1966, as amended, Section 17(m), 42 U.S.C. 1786.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
All State agencies that desire to receive a FMNP grant must submit, for each Federal fiscal year, a State Plan to the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), USDA. New State agencies are selected based on the availability of funds after base grants for currently participating State agencies are funded. Local FMNP sites are selected by participating State agencies based on concentration of eligible WIC participants and access to farmers' markets.
WIC participants (i.e., pregnant, postpartum or breastfeeding women; infants over 4 months of age; and children up to 5 years of age) and (at the State's discretion) those who are on a waiting list to receive WIC benefits are eligible to receive FMNP coupons. State agencies may also designate subcategories of WIC participants, e.g., pregnant and breastfeeding women only, to be FMNP recipients.
A signed and executed Federal/State Agreement (FNS-339) is necessary before funds can be allocated to a participating FMNP State agency. Costs will be determined in accordance with 7 CFR Part 3016, and FNS guidelines and instructions. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Application is made through submission of a "State Plan of Program Operation and Administration" as required by law. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Farmers or farmers' markets (depending on whether State agencies have agreements with farmers or markets) located in communities with WIC Program sites may apply to be authorized to accept FMNP coupons under the program. The State agency reviews the applications for completeness and compliance with authorization requirements. The State agency contacts the farmer/farmers' market to inform them of qualification. Individual participants apply for FMNP benefits at approved local WIC agencies.
Funds are awarded by the Department on the basis of funding formulas to State agencies. If the available funds are insufficient to meet the base grant levels for current FMNP grantees, a pro-rata reduction will be applied to the grant levels awarded to all participating FMNP State agencies. If additional funds become available for the FMNP, such funds would first be distributed evenly among the current grantees to make whole their base grants for that fiscal year. Grant payments are made by a letter of credit.
Nov 15, 2014 FMNP State Plans for the current fiscal year are due to the appropriate FNS Regional office by November 15.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
As required by law (at Section 1786(m)(6)(A) of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966, as amended), the Secretary must inform each FMNP State agency of the award of funds by February 15 of each year.
All decisions by the FNS are final.
This Program is authorized through September 30, 2015.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
Grants are made to State health, agriculture and other agencies, Indian tribes, bands, or intertribal councils or groups recognized by the Department of the Interior, or the Indian Health Service of the Department of Health and Human Services. Participating State agencies must provide program income or State, local, or private funds for the program in an amount that is equal to at least 30 percent of the administrative cost of the program except Indian Tribal Organizations which may provide a negotiated match contribution that is less than 30 percent but not less than 10 percent. The matching requirement may be satisfied from State contributions that are made for similar programs. Federal FMNP benefits (coupons) may be issued only to participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) or to persons who are on a waiting list to receive WIC benefits. A minimum of 83 percent of grant funds may be used to support the costs of the foods that are provided under the FMNP but no more than seventeen percent may be used for administrative cost of the program. Participating State agencies must provide program income or State, local, or private funds for the program in an amount that is equal to at least 30 percent of the administrative cost of the program except Indian Tribal Organizations which may provide a negotiated match contribution that is less than 30 percent but not less than 10 percent. The matching requirement may be satisfied from State contributions that are made for similar programs. Federal FMNP benefits (coupons) may be issued only to participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) or to persons who are on a waiting list to receive WIC benefits. A minimum of 83 percent of grant funds may be used to support the costs of the foods that are provided under the FMNP but no more than seventeen percent may be used for administrative cost of the program.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Annual reports submitted to FNS specifying the following data: Number and type of recipients (Federal and nonfederal); number of authorized farmers, farmers' markets, and farm or roadside stands; value of coupons issued and redeemed; and financial expenditure data. Cash reports are not applicable. 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.
State agencies must maintain records as necessary to support the FMNP funds. 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 three 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: Statutory formula can be found at Section 17(m)(3) of the Child Nutrition Act. As a prerequisite to the receipt of Federal funds, a State agency must agree to contribute program income or State, local or private funds equal to at least 30 percent of its administrative program cost. Provided that sufficient funds are available, each current State agency will be funded at its most recent year's level. Remaining funds are divided between current States for expansion and new States, based on a 75 to 25 percent ratio, respectively.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 30.%. As a prerequisite to the receipt of Federal funds, a State agency must agree to contribute program income or State, local or private funds equal to at least 30 percent of its administrative program cost. Indian Tribal Organizations may provide a negotiated match contribution that is less than 30 percent but not less than 10 percent. State contributions for similar programs may satisfy the State matching requirement.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
FMNP funds are provided using Federal Reserve Bank letters of credit and end on November 30 of each year. State agencies may withdraw funds only as needed. 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 updated regional office listed in Appendix IV.
Debra Whitford, Food and Nutrition Service, Supplemental Food Programs Division, 3101 Park Center Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22302 Email: Debbie.Whitford@fns.usda.gov
Phone: (703) 305-2746 Fax: (703) 305-2196.
(Salaries) FY 14 $19,632,766; FY 15 est $16,548,000; and FY 16 est $16,548,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 14 grants ranged from $6,337 to $3,238,995.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
7 CFR Part 248, 7 CFR Part 3016, 7 CFR Part 3017, 7 CFR Part 3018
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: 46 State agencies and federally recognized Indian tribal organizations. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available.