National Food Service Management Institute Administration and Staffing Grant

The National Food Service Management Institute (NFSMI), 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).

Then in 1994 the Institute was permanently authorized.

The specific duties (described below) of the NFSMI can be found in Section 21 of the Richard B.

Russell National School Lunch Act .


General Education Cooperative Agreement
The NFSMI also receives $800,000 for general education through a non-competitive cooperative agreement.

The general education agreement supports activities under Team Nutrition.

Team Nutrition is an initiative of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service 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 Food and Nutrition Service s 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 National Food Service Management Institute, an institute established by Congress to support Child Nutrition Programs, 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).

To see a complete description at CFDA 10.585 "FNS Food Safety Grants."

Administration and Staffing Grant
The NFSMI 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.

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: school lunch, school breakfast, summer feeding, and Child and Adult Care Food Program.

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 country and conducts applied research.

They are the training and technical assistance arm of USDA, Child Nutrition Division (CND).

Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2011: The Administration and Staffing Grant as outlined in Section 21 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, supports 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. These Administration and Staffing Grants are for a duration of 3 years.

Also, the General Education Cooperative Agreement supports activities under Team Nutrition. Team Nutrition is an initiative of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service 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. These General Educagtion Cooperative Agreements are for a duration of 3 years. Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

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.

Eligibility Requirements

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.

Credentials/Documentation

No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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 Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Application package must be submitted electronically via www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

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 and Grants will determine the technical merit of each grant and cooperative agreement application, approve and then award funds.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

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).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days.

Appeals

From 30 to 60 days.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

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 the Agency and limited to a maximum of 5 years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

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.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records

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.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-3539-0-1-605.

Obigations

(Salaries) FY 11 $5,000,000; FY 12 est $4,000,000; and FY 13 est $4,000,000 - FY 2011: $800,000 Cooperative Agreement
FY 2012: $800,000 Cooperative Agreement
FY 2013: $800,000 Cooperative Agreement.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Available General Education Cooperative Agreement (non-completive) - $800,000.
Available Administration and Staffing Grant (non-competitive) - $5,000,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

X7 CFR Part 3016, 7 CFR Part 3018. Determined by the legislation providing the grants.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Cynthia Long, Food and Nutrition Service, 3101 Park Center Drive Room 640, Alexandria, Virginia 22302 Email:

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.



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