The US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is seeking applications for its Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations Nutrition Education (FDPNE) grant program to improve the likelihood that persons eligible for FDPIR will make healthy food choices consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and USDA MyPlate Guidance.
Donor Name: Food and Nutrition Service
Country: United States
State: All States
Type of Grant: Grant
Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 03/01/2022
Size of the Grant: $10,000 – $175,000
Grant Duration: 1 Year 1 Month
In the context of this grant program, nutrition education should focus on how USDA Foods in the FDPIR food package may be used to contribute to a healthy diet. The Indian Tribal Organization (ITO) or State Agency (SA) shall work with appropriate organizations and partners such as: extension agents, registered dieticians, diabetes coordinators, and public health nutrition professionals to provide food and nutrition information, recipes, or cooking demonstrations, as appropriate for households who participate or are eligible to participate in the FDPIR program. The ITO or SA shall provide nutrition education and information specific to the foods included in the FDPIR food package to improve the health of FDPIR participating households.
Desired outcomes of this grant program include:
- Improve nutrition-related skills and behaviors among FDPIR participants, resulting in healthier food choices and a better understanding of healthy ways to prepare USDA Foods provided in the FDPIR food package;
- Examples of nutrition-related skills are:
- Knowing how to prepare fresh fruits and vegetables and incorporate them into recipes.
- Using lower fat cooking methods such as baking, steaming, or sautéing in place of frying.
- Preparing food with less sodium.
- Examples of nutrition-related behaviors are:
- Being confident in preparing healthy meals for individuals or the family.
- Eating the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables most days.
- Choosing to use healthy cooking methods.
- Practicing portion control.
- Modeling healthy choices for others at family and community events.
- Examples of nutrition-related skills are:
- Strengthen existing partnerships to provide sustainable nutrition education and wellness promotion programs in Tribal communities.
- Existing partner organizations could include: local tribal colleges, local health and wellness centers, tribal/cooperative extension, SNAP-Ed educators, schools, or other community organizations that have an established history working with Indian Tribal Organizations.
- Providing sustainable nutrition education and wellness promotion programs could include development of culturally relevant nutrition education and wellness resources (e.g., lesson materials, videos, cookbooks) that can be maintained and readily available for FDPIR participants.
- Increase Tribal capacity to influence and reinforce nutrition-related skills and behaviors throughout the community.
- Increased capacity refers to continuing, expanding, creating, and maintaining new partnerships with other organizations or individuals that will help you reach your FDPIR nutrition goals.
- For example, developing a tribal wellness policy that requires healthy food and beverage choices be available at community events;
- Or working with a tribal wellness center or health clinic to include foods available in the FDPIR food package in cooking or wellness classes and programming.
- Create and/or disseminate culturally relevant nutrition education resources (posters, handouts, videos, cookbooks) that encourage participants to work towards one or more of the nutrition-related outcomes.
- Conduct community outreach (healthy cooking demos, nutrition education games, and nutrition handouts, healthy recipe distributions) at community events, health fairs, gatherings, and/or celebrations that promotes one or more of the nutrition-related outcomes among FDPIR eligible participants.
- Improve nutrition-related skills among FDPIR participants by conducting healthy cooking and food demonstrations and/or nutrition and wellness classes or activities demonstrating how to use the USDA Foods included in the FDPIR food package to accomplish one or more of the nutrition-related outcomes.
- Develop and/or implement community tribal wellness policies or practices at community events, gatherings, and celebrations that reinforce one or more of the nutrition-related outcomes.
- Total amount of funding expected to award: $998,000
- Expected amounts of individual Federal awards: $10,000 – $175,000
- Anticipated start dates and period of performance: September 01, 2022 – September 30, 2023.
- ITOs and SAs that administer FDPIR may apply individually and/or as a consortium (e.g., as a region or a regional nutrition advisory council). A FDPIR allowance holder is an entity that has a direct agreement with FNS to administer FDPIR. All applications must be submitted by an FDPIR allowance holder. This allowance holder MUST have a direct relationship with FNS. To verify eligibility, applicants are required to submit a copy of their FNS-74 Federal-State Agreement with their application package. If the applicant is unable to access a copy of their signed FNS-74 due to pandemic office closures, they should submit a signed attestation that an FNS-74 agreement is on file with FNS. If a copy of the FNS-74, or signed attestation, is not included, the applicant will be deemed ineligible, and the application will not be considered.
- Any applicant that is not an allowance holder may still receive a grant project, BUT an FDPIR allowance holder (the State or ITO listed on the FNS-74) MUST submit the application project on the Tribe’s behalf AND serve as the Tribe’s fiscal sponsor, ensuring both progress and financial status reports are submitted as well as maintaining and accounting for the Tribe’s grant funding.
- If one or more ITOs wish to apply as a consortium, one ITO must be designated as the lead agency and apply on behalf of the other ITO(s). This ITO must be a FDPIR allowance holder. The lead agency is responsible, fiscally, and operationally, for the overall administration of the project.
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