USDA Food and Nutrition Service)
USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) plans to award up to $6 million to emergency feeding organizations, such as food banks, food pantries, and soup kitchens, participating in the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). At least $3 million is expected to be awarded for projects that improve the emergency feeding infrastructure in rural communities. Projects that benefit or serve Native American communities will receive priority consideration.
Among other activities, grantees can use funds to improve the tracking, collection, storage, distribution and transport of time-sensitive and perishable foods; develop or maintain computerized systems for tracking foods; improving the provision of recovered foods to food banks; and repairing and expanding facilities, equipment or appliances to support hunger relief. Funds can also be used to identify new donors and emergency food providers or to provide outreach to persons in need of food assistance.
TEFAP, administered by FNS, provides USDA-purchased food and administrative funds to States for further distribution to organizations such as food banks, food pantries, and soup kitchens. These organizations provide food assistance to needy families across the country in the form of prepared meals or as a bag of groceries that families take home and prepare themselves.
The solicitations can be found online at www.grants.gov or at the FNS website TEFAP Rural Infrastructure Grant or TEFAP General Infrastructure Grant.
UPDATE APRIL 21, 2010: In response to questions, this is a clarification of the message above. At present there are two TEFAP Infrastructure Grant offerings.
The Rural (non-SMSA) TEFAP Infrastructure Grant has an application due date of May 17, 2010. The RFA can be viewed at http://www.fns.usda.gov/fdd/programs/tefap/TEFAP_Rural_InfraGrant.htm.
The TEFAP General Infrastructure Grant has an application due date of June 1, 2010. The RFA can be viewed at http://www.fns.usda.gov/fdd/programs/tefap/TEFAP_General_InfraGrant.htm.
Both grants will give priority consideration to projects that benefit or serve Native American communities.
Each RFA anticipates awarding $3 million for a total of $6 million in TEFAP Infrastructure Grants.
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