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 trai