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February 23, 2021 School Board Meeting
Title
2020 USDA National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grant for School Food Authorities
Meeting Date(s)
Consent w/o Information - 02/23/2021
Consent Type
Without Information
Discussion

The purpose of the 2020 USDA National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grant for School Food Authorities is to address the infrastructure needs of eligible School Food Authorities (SFAs) in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).  The total amount of funding available is $2,063,876, with 50 possible awards ranging from a minimum of $1,000 to a maximum of $100,000 per single applicant.  This is a competitive, cost-reimbursement grant and funds will be awarded to SFAs to purchase equipment that meets at least one of the following four focus areas:

  1.  To improve food safety;
  2.  To serve healthier school meals with emphasis on more fruits and vegetables;
  3.  To improve overall energy efficiency;
  4.  To expand participation

The Office of Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) has prioritized their cafeteria needs based on the four focus areas and has prepared a grant application requesting $90,916.75 in funding.  Due to the time constraint of the deadline for submission, the Superintendent signed the grant application in order to meet the January 29, 2021 deadline.  The grant awards will be announced in the coming weeks and reimbursement requests must be submitted before the end of the grant period, which is September 30, 2022.   A copy of the grant advertisement is attached, and the completed application packet is available in the Office of FNS for review.

Recommendation

Request approval to submit an application for the 2020 USDA National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grant for School Food Authorities to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Authority for Action
FS 1001.42
Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
No
Source of Funding

Special Revenue - Food Services
Financial Impact
FY Amount Budgeted Fund Cost Center Project Function Object Program
20-21 $90,916.75  TBD 410 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
Legal Counsel Review
No
Contact
Robin Novelli, Chief Operating Officer, Ext. 11229 Kevin Thornton, Director, Food and Nutrition Services, Ext. 11690
Attachments
2020 Equipment Grant Application Advertisement.pdf
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