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National School Lunch Program (NSLP)


Equipment Assistance Grant(s)


FY15 NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has been authorized to provide two grants to state agencies to provide equipment assistance to SFAs participating in the NSLP. One, $9.7M from the FY2013 Agriculture Appropriations Act (AAA) and a balance of $1.25M from the FY2010 AAA, and the other $25M from the FY2014 AAA.  The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is making Illinois’ awards of $876,609 from FY10/13 AAA and $441,829 from FY14 AAA available for NSLP Equipment Assistance Grants available through this single RFP.  Funds allocated for this program are intended to assist SFAs in purchasing equipment needed to meet the new nutritional standards for schools as required by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.  These funds should make a significant investment in addressing the unmet need in the state by allowing SFAs to purchase the equipment needed to serve healthier school meals with an emphasis on serving more fresh fruits and vegetables, improving food safety, and expanding access to healthy foods, all of which will improve the quality of school meals.

FY10 NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant

In accordance with Section 7(a)(2) of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1776[a][2]), on October 1, 2009, the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) received a one-time appropriation of $25,000,000 for equipment assistance to eligible school food authorities (SFA) participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).  Illinois has been allocated $902,953. 

A School Food Authority (SFA) is eligible to apply for FY10 NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant if it:

participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP);

did not receive an FY09 NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA);and

has at least 50% of the enrolled students eligible for free and reduced-price meals.

FY09 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) NSLP Equipment Assistance Grants

Federal legislation, Public Law 111-5, The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) was signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009.  The ARRA provides a one-time appropriation to Illinois of $3,657,300 for grants to school food authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) for equipment assistance.

Information provided from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) requires the funds be distributed to sponsors participating in the National School Lunch Program via a competitive grant process with priority given to sponsors for equipment for schools in which at least 50 percent of the students are eligible for free or reduced-priced meals. 

For purposes of compliance with Section 511 of P.L. 101-166 (the “Stevens Amendment”), applicants are advised that 100 percent of the funds for the program are derived from federal sources.  The total amount of federal funding involved was $3,657,300.

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