Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program

The Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program is intended to increase the knowledge of agriculture and improve the nutritional health of children and to bring together stakeholders from the distinct parts of the food system to increase the capacity for food, garden, and nutrition education within


host organizations or entities, such as school cafeterias and classrooms, while fostering higher levels of community engagement between farms and school systems.

The initiative is part of a broader effort to not only increase access to school meals for low-income children, but also to dramatically improve their quality.

Related Programs

Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program

Department of Agriculture

Agency: Department of Agriculture

Office: National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Estimated Funding: $869,498

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Applicants for FASLP must meet all the requirements herein to receive an FASLP award.1.

Application to the FASLP is limited to the following groups: state agricultural experiment stations; colleges and universities; university research foundations; other research institutions and organizations; Federal agencies; national laboratories; private organizations, foundations, or corporations; individuals; or any group consisting of two or more entities described herein;2.

Applicants must have experience in the area of (i) community food work, including the provision of food to people in low-income communities, including farm to school programs, and the development of new markets in low-income communities working closely with agricultural producers; (ii) job training and business development activities, curriculum and development for food-related school activities in low-income communities; or (iii) efforts to reduce food insecurity in the community, including food distribution, improving access to services, or coordinating school services and programs; (iv) applicants must show evidence of existing community support and engagement with school districts and agricultural producers via no less than three letters of support;3.

Demonstrate competency to implement a project, conduct an evaluation, provide fiscal accountability, collect data, and prepare reports and other necessary documentation;4.

Demonstrate competency in the implementation of a food and agriculture and/or school service learning program;5.

Demonstrate a willingness to share information with researchers, evaluators, practitioners, and other interested parties, including a plan for dissemination of results; and6.

Collaborate with one or more local partner organizations to achieve at least one hunger-free communities goal.

See Steps for a Hunger-Free Community.The eligibility requirements are limited to the applicant.

Project partners and collaborators need not meet the eligibility requirements.

Failure to meet an eligibility criterion by the time of application deadline may result in the application being excluded from consideration or, even though an application may be reviewed, will preclude NIFA from making an award.

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