Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 Childhood Hunger Research and Demonstration Projects

Demonstration Projects to End Childhood Hunger: To test innovative strategies to end childhood hunger, including alternative models for service delivery and benefit levels that promote the reduction or elimination of childhood hunger and food insecurity.

The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act

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(HHFKA) provided $ 40 million to conduct and evaluate the demonstration projects.

As stated in the request for applications (RFA) approximately $ 30 million will be awarded for up to five demonstration projects.

The demonstration projects awarded under this grants program will be evaluated by a competitively selected evaluation contractor.
Related Programs10.551 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; 10.553 School Breakfast Program; 10.555 National School Lunch Program; 10.558 Child and Adult Care Food Program; 10.559 Summer Food Service Program for ChildrenExamples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2015: Projection: Chickasaw Nation: The Chickasaw Nation will implement the Chickasaw Nation Nutrition Services Demonstration Project to End Childhood Hunger, which will provide food through home delivery to households with children who qualify for free school meals. Kentucky: The Commonwealth of Kentucky will implement the Ticket to Healthy Food Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Demonstration, which will test the impact of providing households with children an additional transportation deduction that may increase their SNAP benefits.

The project will serve the Kentucky Highlands area in the southeastern part of the state ? a designated Promise Zone. Navajo Nation: The Navajo Nation Division of Health will implement the Food Access Navigation Project, which will employ Food Access Navigators to evaluate assets and gaps in food access in selected regions of the reservation and provide technical assistance for connecting eligible households to nutrition assistance programs. Nevada: The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health will implement the Nevada SNAP Enhancement Demonstration Project to test the relative impacts on SNAP households with children of (1) an increase in SNAP benefits, and (2) a SNAP increase plus additional outreach, education, and case management. Virginia: The Virginia Department of Education will implement the Virginia Hunger-Free Kids Act Demonstration Project, which will test the impact of providing (1) three school meals a day to all children in select schools during the school year, (2) food for weekends and school breaks, and (3) more resources for low-income households to purchase food during the summer months.

Fiscal Year 2016: Chickasaw Nation: The Chickasaw Nation will implement the Chickasaw Nation Nutrition Services Demonstration Project to End Childhood Hunger, which will provide food through home delivery to households with children who qualify for free school meals. Kentucky: The Commonwealth of Kentucky will implement the Ticket to Healthy Food Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Demonstration, which will test the impact of providing households with children an additional transportation deduction that may increase their SNAP benefits.

The project will serve the Kentucky Highlands area in the southeastern part of the state ? a designated Promise Zone. Navajo Nation: The Navajo Nation Division of Health will implement the Food Access Navigation Project, which will employ Food Access Navigators to evaluate assets and gaps in food access in selected regions of the reservation and provide technical assistance for connecting eligible households to nutrition assistance programs. Nevada: The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health will implement the Nevada SNAP Enhancement Demonstration Project to test the relative impacts on SNAP households with children of (1) an increase in SNAP benefits, and (2) a SNAP increase plus additional outreach, education, and case management. Virginia: The Virginia Department of Education will implement the Virginia Hunger-Free Kids Act Demonstration Project, which will test the impact of providing (1) three school meals a day to all children in select schools during the school year, (2) food for weekends and school breaks, and (3) more resources for low-income households to purchase food during the summer months.

Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available


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.


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Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2015: Grants awarded 2/2015 to five applicants: Chickasaw Nation, OK, $9.7 million Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, $3.6 million Navajo Nation, AZ, $2.4 million Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, $3.1 million Virginia Department of Education, $8.8 million. Fiscal Year 2016: Demonstration site accomplishments: Chickasaw Nation - Baseline data collection completed. Intervention ongoing. Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services - Baseline data collection ongoing. Navajo Nation, AZ - Intervention ongoing. Nevada Department of Health and Human Services - Baseline data completed. Intervention ongoing. Virginia Department of Education - Baseline data collection completed. Intervention ongoing. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

The assistance will be used for testing innovative strategies including alternative models for service delivery and benefit levels that promote reduction or elimination of childhood hunger and food insecurity particularly in areas or populations where there are currently elevated levels of food insecurity or gaps in nutrition assistance program coverage.

Intervention strategies of particular interest to USDA are described on page 12 of the request for applications (RFA).

Demonstration projects cannot be Statewide.

Demonstration projects must be in areas where at least 15 percent of households with children have incomes below the federal poverty line.

Any requests for waivers of existing policies and rules must be consistent with existing waiver authority in each affected program.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Not applicable.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Not applicable.

Credentials/Documentation

Grant applications must be signed by the Governor of the State or U.S. Territory, the Mayor of the District, or the leader of the Indian Tribal Organization (ITO) that has the responsibility and authority to designate which entity of group of entities will oversee the demonstration project and administer the funds on behalf of the State Agency. Note: the term 'State Agency' refers to the agencies of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories or ITOs that administer federal nutrition assistance programs. 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 excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program.

Award Procedures

FNS will assemble a peer panel group to review and determine the technical merits of each application. Selection criteria to be used for evaluating applications are provided in the Request for Applications (RFA).

Deadlines

Jul 07, 2014

Authorization

Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, Section 141 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, Section 23. Childhood Hunger Research; (b) Demonstration Projects to End Childhood Hunger, Title E, Section 141, Public Law 111-296, 124 Stat. 3206-3210, 42 U.S.C 1769d.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

There is a time restriction; money will no longer be available after 09/30/2017. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

No cash reports are required.

The recipient will be responsible for managing and monitoring the progress of the grant project activities and performance.

The award document will indicate the reporting schedule for submitting project performance/progress reports to FNS.

The award recipient will be required to enter the SF-425, Financial Status Report data into the FNS Food Program Reporting Systeme on a quarterly basis.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits

Not Applicable.

Records

No Data Available.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-3539-0-1-605.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 15 Not Available; FY 16 est $30,000,000; and FY 17 Not Separately Identifiable - $30 million for the grants will be obligated in FY 2015. This money is FY13-17 funds.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Background literature on Childhood Hunger and Food Insecurity is provided in the Request for Applications (RFA). The citation and link to the legislation for the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act (HHFKA) of 2010, Section 23 (b) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act is provided in the RFA. The RFA also includes the eligibility requirements and restrictions for the demonstration projects.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Michael P. Burke 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 1014, Alexandria, Virginia 22302 Email: michael.burke@fns.usda.gov Phone: (703) 305-4369

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The criteria include demonstration project design and implementation,staffing plan, management plan and budget and are described in the request for applications (RFA).



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