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.
Not available at this time.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Households receive money to purchase food.
The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico alone is eligible.
Low-income individuals and families 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.
Aplication and Award Process
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 the Commonwealth for more information on the process the Commonwealth requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No.
The Commonwealth is required to submit an annual plan of operation to the Food and Nutrition Service for approval. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110.
The Secretary of Agriculture designates the Commonwealth agency or agencies to operate the program upon submission of the request.
July 1 for plan submission.
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.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Program continues once approved unless there is a substantial failure to comply with regulations or withdrawal on the part of the Commonwealth.
Formula and Matching Requirements
The Department of Agriculture pays 100 percent of the cost of benefits and 50 percent of administrative costs.
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.
Post Assistance Requirements
The content and frequency of reports is specified by the Commonwealth's plan of operation.
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. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, "Audits of State and Local Governments," State and local governments, that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more within any fiscal year shall have either a single audit or (in certain cases) a program specific audit made for that year. Audits may be conducted less frequently under conditions specified in A-133.
The content and maintenance of records is specified by the Commonwealth's plan of operation.
(Formula Grants) FY 07 $1,551,167,000; FY 08 $1,622,521,000; and FY 09 $1,677, 686,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable; program is available to Puerto Rico only.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
7 CFR 285.
Regional or Local Office
Regional Administrator, Mid-Atlantic Regional Office, Food and Nutrition Service, Department of Agriculture, Robbinsville, NJ 08691-1598. Contact: Yvette Jackson. Telephone: (609) 259-5025, FTS: (609) 259-5025.
Associate Administrator, Special Nutrition Assistance Program, Food and Nutrition Service, Department of Agriculture, Alexandria, VA 22302. Contact: Jessica Shahin, Acting Associate Administrator, Special Nutrition Assistance Program. Telephone: (703) 305-2026.
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