Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available.
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.
Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available.
Uses and Use Restrictions
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.
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. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Aplication and Award Process
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.
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 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, 2013 FMNP State Plans for the current fiscal year are due to the appropriate FNS Regional office by November 15.
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.
Range of Approval/Disapproval 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.
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.
Post Assistance Requirements
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 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.
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.
(Salaries) FY 12 $20,517,000; FY 13 est $16,548,000; and FY 14 est $16,548,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 12 grants ranged from $6,337 to $2,196,479.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
7 CFR Part 248, 7 CFR Part 3016, 7 CFR Part 3017, 7 CFR Part 3018
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.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
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