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THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234

Office of P-20 Education Policy
Child Nutrition Program Administration
89 Washington Avenue, Room 375 EBA, Albany, NY 12234
Phone: (518) 473-8781 Fax: (518) 473-0018

To: 
Superintendents; Executive Directors; School Business Officials; School Food Service Directors/Managers
From: 
Paula Tyner-Doyle, Coordinator
Date: 
Friday, April 1, 2016
Subject: 
FY 2016 National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grants for School Food Authorities

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a memorandum last month notifying State Agencies that a total of $30 million dollars has been allocated through the FY 2016 Agriculture Appropriations Act to competitively award equipment assistance grants to eligible School Food Authorities (SFAs) operating the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Of this amount, a total of $1,677,198 has been allocated to New York State to support SFAs in purchasing equipment to serve healthier school meals, to improve the safety of school food operations, and to expand access to and participation in the NSLP. The New York State Education Department (SED) is anticipating that a Request for Proposal (RFP) for this grant opportunity will be released in September 2016. At that time, interested applicants are encouraged to submit an application to SED in accordance with the application guidelines and procedure specified in the RFP.

In addition, the USDA has added “a new initiative with the National Football League and National Dairy Council’s Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP60) program to provide additional funding opportunities to help schools upgrade their kitchen equipment and infrastructure. These grants will help move millions of America’s youth from hungry to healthy through the provision of additional resources to schools to meet the updated national nutrition standards, by helping to serve meals with more whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean protein and lowfat dairy, and less sodium and fat.” Schools or districts that are located in the continental United States (including Alaska), schools that participate in the NSLP, and schools serving students in at least one of the K-12 grade levels are eligible to apply for a FUTP60 School Nutrition Equipment Grant. Schools may apply for up to $5,000 worth of school nutrition equipment per school for the 2016-2017 school year. Interested schools are encouraged to apply directly at https://www.fueluptoplay60.com/funding/nutrition-equipment-grant. Applications must be completed and submitted online by Thursday, June 30, 2016.

Please be advised that the FUTP60 opportunity is a separate grant announcement from the Stateadministered NSLP equipment assistance grant described above. SED is aware that many schools that have previously received an equipment assistance grant through a SED RFP may be ineligible to receive future equipment grants despite a need for equipment. The FUTP60 equipment grant is a separate grant program and all schools, regardless of equipment received through previous equipment grant funding, are eligible to apply. SED encourages all eligible schools with equipment needs, including those schools that have received an equipment assistance grant through SED in the past, to apply for a FUTP60 School Nutrition Equipment Grant.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)     mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
         Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
         1400 Independence Avenue, SW
         Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)     fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)     email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

 

For Nondiscrimination Statement translations, click here.

Los demás programas de asistencia nutricional del FNS, las agencias estatales y locales, y sus beneficiarios secundarios, deben publicar el siguiente Aviso de No Discriminación:

De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en ingles), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.

Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de seas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.

Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en linea en:http://www.ocio.usda.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2012/Spanish_Form_508_Compliant_6_8_12_0.pdf. y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por:

(1)     correo: U.S. Department of Agriculture
         Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
         1400 Independence Avenue, SW
         Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)     fax: (202) 690-7442; o

(3)     correo electrónicoprogram.intake@usda.gov.

Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.

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