Nutrition Assistance For Puerto Rico

An alternative to the Special Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to provide access to healthy food by needy persons residing in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.



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.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Regional Administrator, Mid-Atlantic Regional Office, Food and Nutrition Service, Department of Agriculture, Robbinsville, NJ 08691-1598.

Contact: Patricia Dombroski.

Telephone: (609) 259-5025, FTS: (609) 259-5025.



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Households receive benefits to purchase food.

A portion is provided as cash.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico alone is eligible.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Low-income individuals and households are eligible for benefits as determined by the Commonwealth.

Credentials/Documentation

The Commonwealth is required to document the classes of households that receive benefits and the level of those benefits. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. The Commonwealth is required to submit an annual plan of operation to the Food and Nutrition Service for approval.

Award Procedures

The Secretary of Agriculture designates the Commonwealth agency or agencies to operate the program upon submission of the request.

Deadlines

Jul 01, 2009 July 1 for plan submission.

Authorization

Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981, as amended, Title 1, Section 116; Public Law 97-35; Public Law 97-253; Public Law 98-204; Public Law 99-114; Public Law 99-157; Public Law 99-182; Public Law 99-198; Public Law 101-624; Public Law 103-66; Public Law 104-127; Public Law 106-387; Public Law 107-171. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5, American Taxpayer Relief Act, Public Law 112-240.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Program continues once approved unless there is a substantial failure to comply with regulations or withdrawal on the part of the Commonwealth.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Assistance is available for one fiscal year at a time. Assistance is provided through the electronic transfer system, consistent with Treasury Fiscal Requirement Manual, Volume I, Part 6, Section 2030. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

The content and frequency of reports is specified by the Commonwealth's plan of operation.

The content and frequency of reports is specified by the Commonwealth's plan of operation.

The content and frequency of reports is specified by the Commonwealth's plan of operation.

The content and frequency of reports is specified by the Commonwealth's plan of operation.

Financial Management Reviews and Management Evaluations.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. The Commonwealth is required to conduct an audit of expenditures at least once every two years, and is subject to audit by the Office of Inspector General, USDA.

Records

The content and maintenance of records is specified by the Commonwealth's plan of operation.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-3505-0-1-605.

Obigations

(Salaries) FY 15 $0; FY 16 est $0; and FY 17 est $0. (Salaries) FY 15 $1,951,397,000; FY 16 est $1,959,136,000; and FY 17 est $1,965,415,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Regional Administrator, Mid-Atlantic Regional Office, Food and Nutrition Service, Department of Agriculture, Robbinsville, NJ 08691-1598. Contact: Patricia Dombroski. Telephone: (609) 259-5025, FTS: (609) 259-5025.

Headquarters Office

Patricia Dombroski 300 Corporate Blvd, Robbinsville, New Jersey 08691 Phone: 609-259-5025

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Only Puerto Rico may apply.



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