Team Nutrition Training Grants
ID: 354241Type: Posted
Overview

Buyer

Food and Nutrition Service (USDA-FNS1)

Award Range

$250K - $800K

Eligible Applicants

State Governments

Funding Category

Food and Nutrition

Funding Instrument

Grant

Opportunity Category

Discretionary

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement

Yes
Timeline
  1. 1
    Forecast Posted Not available
  2. 2
    Forecast Due Not available
  3. 3
    Posted May 16, 2024 12:00 AM
  4. 4
    Due Jul 16, 2024 12:00 AM
Description

The Food and Nutrition Service is offering Team Nutrition Training Grants through a federal grant opportunity titled "Team Nutrition Training Grants". These grants are aimed at helping State agencies build capacity for future implementation of the Final Rule, Child Nutrition Programs: Meal Patterns Consistent with the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The grants also address the residual effects of COVID-19 on staff retention in school meal programs.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, there were significant food insecurity issues, diet-related diseases, and health disparities. School meal service across the country was affected, leading to labor shortages, staff turnover, and supply chain disruptions in school foodservice. To safeguard and support healthy school environments, the grants will provide technical assistance, coaching, and mentoring to School Nutrition Professionals. They will also focus on capturing and sharing the institutional knowledge of School Nutrition Professionals.

The Team Nutrition Training Grants will enable State agencies to provide technical assistance to School Nutrition Professionals, ensuring they have the necessary skills and knowledge to prepare and serve nutritious meals. The grants will also support the implementation of coaching and mentoring programs and resources for School Nutrition Professionals. Additionally, the grants will help in capturing and sharing the institutional knowledge of school nutrition directors, managers, and front-line staff.

The ultimate goal of these grants is to assist School Food Authorities (SFAs) in improving the nutritional quality of school meals, meeting meal pattern requirements and dietary specifications, implementing scratch cooking techniques, improving forecasting, procurement, and menu planning for school meals, and building a knowledgeable and skilled labor force.

The total program funding for the FY 2024 Team Nutrition Training Grants is $9,600,000, with an expected number of 12 awards. The award ceiling is $800,000, and the award floor is $250,000. State agencies in the contiguous US, Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico (PR), Guam, or the US Virgin Islands (US VI) that administer the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) are eligible to apply.

For more information and to access the full Request for Applications, please visit the Team Nutrition Grants Website at https://www.fns.usda.gov/grant/tn/training-fy24.

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