The FNS will award cooperative agreements for the administration and management of the Healthy Meals Incentives School Food System Transformation Challenge Sub-Grants.
In June of 2022, the USDA launched the Food System Transformation framework which aims to build a more resilient food supply chain, create a fairer food system, and make nutritious food more accessible and affordable for consumers, with a particular focus on equity. Under this RFA, the School Food System Transformation Challenge Sub-Grant Cooperative Agreement will reflect FNS’ commitment to encourage the offering of healthier food products in the marketplace for school meals through engagement with the food industry and incentivizing innovation and partnerships. Increasing access to nutritious and appealing foods for kids is critical to the success of strong school meal standards.
The goal of this RFA is to select a Cooperator or Cooperators who will implement and manage the Sub-Grants Program. These sub-grants will support a more resilient food system through expanding manufacturing and purchasing capacity at the local and regional level. This, in turn, increases equitable access to healthy food products both in schools and in communities by way of support for agricultural producers, growers, and processors impacted by COVID-19.
USDA FNS has structured this award as a cooperative agreement; therefore, the Cooperator(s) can expect substantial collaboration, participation, and/or intervention in the management of the project by USDA FNS. USDA FNS will provide TA and consultation to the Cooperator(s) to support the implementation, evaluation, and communication and dissemination of the cooperative agreement activities.
For further details about the program, see pp. 7-8 in the RFA listed in Supporting Documents below.
The Cooperator(s) has overall responsibility for planning, implementing, and operating all aspects of the project. For Cooperator responsibilities, see p. 11 of the RFA.
For Allowable Costs, see p. 13 of the RFA.
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