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Office for Food and Nutrition Programs

School Nutrition Equipment Assistance for High Need Districts

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE), Office for Food and Nutrition Programs is announcing a new United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) school nutrition equipment grant RFP available for National School Lunch Program (NSLP) sponsors.

The purpose of the competitive FY18 School Nutrition Equipment Assistance Grant for High Need Districts is for School Food Authorities (SFAs) to purchase equipment for their schools to serve healthier meals that meet the updated meal patterns, with emphasis on serving more fruits and vegetables in school meals, including items purchased locally, improving food safety, and expanding access.

Per USDA guidelines, priority will be given to schools that have at least 50 percent of enrolled students eligible for free and reduced-price lunch. However, all school with excellent grant proposals will be considered. Schools that did not receive a School Nutrition Equipment Assistance for High Need Districts grant in 2010 (ARRA), 2011 (USDA), or FY14, FY15, FY16, FY17 will also be prioritized.

Further information regarding this grant is available on the ESE website at: FY2018 Fund Code 722: School Nutrition Equipment Assistance for High Need Districts.

We encourage all districts in need of equipment to apply. Please note that items must cost over $5,000.00 to be considered equipment.

All proposals are due no later than the end of business day (5:00 pm), Friday, January 12, 2018.

Contact Kerry Callahan with any questions.



Last Updated: December 21, 2017
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