Hunger Free Communities

As defined in the H.Con.Res.

302(102nd Congress), the 14 goals of the Hunger-Free Communities initiative are:

Having a community-based emergency food delivery network that coordinates the services of programs such as food pantries, food banks, and congregate meals facilities.
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Assessing food insecurity problems and evaluating existing services in the community to determine necessary strategies for responding to unmet needs.

Establishing a group of individuals, including low-income participants, to develop and to implement policies and programs to combat food insecurity, to monitor responsiveness of existing services, and to address underlying causes and factors related to hunger.

Participating in federally assisted nutrition programs that should be easily accessible to targeted populations, such as the Federal programs that provide school breakfast, school lunch, summer food, child care food, and food for homeless and older individuals.

Effectively integrating public and private resources, including local businesses, to alleviate food insecurity.

Having an education program about food needs of the community and the need for increased local citizen participation in activities to alleviate food insecurity.

Having available information and referral services for accessing both public and private programs and services.

Having initiatives for alleviating food shopping constraints through the development of creative food resources such as community gardens, buying clubs, food cooperatives, community-owned and operated grocery stores, and farmers" markets.

Carrying out activities to identify and target food services to high-risk populations.

Having adequate transport and distribution of food from all resources.

Coordinating food services with park and recreation programs and other community-based outlets to which residents of the area would have easy access.

Improving public transportation, human service agencies, and food resources.

Having nutrition education programs for low-income citizens to enhance good food-purchasing and food-preparation skills and to heighten awareness of the connection between diet and health.

Having a program for collecting and distributing nutritious food, either agricultural commodities in farmers" fields or foods that have already been prepared, that would otherwise be wasted.
Grants for this Program

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

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grant funds may be used for any initiative that addresses the immediate food and nutrition needs of people experiencing hunger, improves access to food as part of a comprehensive service, develops new resources and strategies to help reduce hunger in the community, prevents hunger, assesses the extend and causes of hunger in the community, and/or develops a comprehensive plan to end hunger in the community.

Grants may not be used for:
• constructing, expanding or repairing a facility or equipment; and
• purchasing equipment other than computer hardware and software, warehouses, storage space.

$5 million.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The grant will be used by the grant recipient to provide the targeted community with assistance for a hunger free community.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Any individual or family who is a part of the targeted community and meets the guidelines as set by the grant recipient is eligible.


Financial data, DUNS number. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

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.


Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program.

Award Procedures

The Grant solicitation will provide information on evaluation criteria. A panel will convene to assign points and finalize selection.


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


These grants will be awarded under authority provided by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, Section 4405, 7 U.S.C. 8701. This section allows the Secretary of Agriculture to award grants to meet the hunger free communities goals described in the H. Con. Res. 302 (102nd Congress), Public Law 102-PIL 110-246, 8701 U.S.C 4405.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days. The deadline for submission will be stipulated in the request for applications.


A post award discussion may take place on request.



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 20.%. 20% matching is required. The matching criteria is available in the RFA.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

one year from date of award. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements


Yes, program reports are required on a quarterly basis as well as one final report.

Reports required quartely and at year"s end.

Reports required quarterly and at year"s end.

Reports are required quarterly and at year"s end.

Program reports will provide information on performance and progress to meet grant objectives.


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.


No Data Available.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Salaries) FY 09 $0; FY 10 est $5,000,000; FY 11 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance


Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

legislative language

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Pam Phillips, Office of Strategic Initiatives, Partnerships and Outreach, Food and Nutrition Service, 3101 Park Center Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22302 Email: Phone: (703) 305-2298.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Will be published in the grant solicitation.

Vertical farms are designed in a way to avoid the pressing issues about growing food crops in drought-and-disease-prone fields miles away from the population centers in which they will be consumed.

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