Nutrition Program Updates for the Week of December 10, 2018

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Nutrition Program Updates for the Week of December 10, 2018

School Nutrition Programs

Grant Opportunity: National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance

Due: December 20, 2018

Remember to apply for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Equipment Grant – applications are due next week by Thursday, December 20! The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) is now accepting applications for the NSLP Equipment Grant, which provides funding for School Food Authorities (SFAs) to purchase new equipment to assist in serving healthier meals which meet the updated NSLP meal pattern requirements. Other key details about the grant:

  • Applicants may apply for only one piece of equipment costing between $3,000 and $25,000.
  • Priority will be given to SFAs with 50 percent or more enrolled students who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals as of October 1, 2018.
  • Priority will also be given to SFAs whose food service equipment is essential/critical to operations and is older than 20 years.
  • The grant period will be March 1, 2019 - June 30, 2019.

The full grant opportunity instructions and application are available at MDE’s Grant Opportunity Site. Select “All Open Grant Opportunities” in the left sidebar, then scroll down and select “Competitive – Federal – National School Lunch Equipment Grant” at the bottom of the page.

For any technical questions or issues with the application process, please contact Timothy Larson (651-582-8451).

For any questions about this specific grant, please contact Kala Constant by December 11, 2018, 4 p.m., CST.

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