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10.567 Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
FOOD AND NUTRITION SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Agricultural Act of 1949, Section 416, as amended, Section 32, Public Law 74-320, as amended; Food and Agriculture Act of 1963, Section 709, as amended; Agriculture and Consumer Protection Act of 1973, Section 4(a), as amended; Food Stamp Act of 1977, Section 4, as amended, Section 1336, Public Law 97-98, as amended; Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, Public Law 104-193.
The Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) is a nutrition assistance program that may be operated, at the request of a Tribe or Indian Tribal Organization (ITO) on an Indian reservation, approved areas near a reservation, or approved service areas in Oklahoma. Income eligible households receive a supplemental monthly food package and nutrition education. Households may not participate in FDPIR and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) at the same time. In FY 2015, five States and 100 ITOs administered the program on 276 Indian reservations, pueblos, rancherias, and Alaska Native Villages. Nutrition assistance was provided to an average of 88.6 thousand persons per month. All participating ITOs receive administrative funding for costs incurred in the operation of the program; a portion of these administrative funds can be used for nutrition education activities. Additionally, Food Distribution Program Nutrition Education (FDPNE) grants are awarded competitively to participating FDPIR ITOs for culturally relevant nutrition education activities that promote healthy choices through the use of USDA Foods and physical activity among FDPIR participants. CFDA 10.594 FDPIR Nutrition Education Grants.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Indian Tribal Organizations and State Distributing Agencies make food available for distribution to qualifying households. Households may not be charged. Donated foods may not be sold, exchanged, or otherwise disposed of (authorized distribution excepted) without prior, specific approval of the Department. FNS administrative funds must be expended to meet expenses incurred in operating the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations. These funds may not be used to purchase real property (land or buildings).
Applicant Eligibility: Authorized Indian Tribal Organizations and State agencies designated by the Governor, legislature, or other authority may receive and distribute donated foods. State agencies that administer the program are eligible to receive Federal cash assistance (administrative funds) to assist in meeting operating expenses incurred in administering the program. Indian Tribal Organizations may be their own State agency for the administration of the program on reservations if determined capable by FNS.
Pre-application Coordination: This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Formula and Matching Requirements: Not applicable to food donations. Administrative expense funds are allocated on basis of need for funds. There is a 25 percent matching requirement except with compelling justification.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Financial, inventory, and participant data must be submitted in accordance with requirements established by the Department.
Account Identification: 12-3505-0-1-605.
The average monthly participation of needy persons in low-income households was 113,248 for fiscal year 2001; 96 Indian Tribal Organizations and six States administer the program for 235 Indian tribes. As of fiscal year 2001, 86 Indian Tribal organizations are approved for participation in the Fresh produce Program, by which participants may select fresh fruits and vegetables in lieu of canned fruits and vegetables. Additional sites are expected to join the project as they become capable. Prior to the pilot, only foods with a minimum shelf life of 6 months were available to participating households. In addition, FNS made changes to the food package that it provides to recipients in order to make it more nutritious and responsive to recipient needs.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
7 CFR 253; 7 CFR 254; 7 CFR 250.
Regional or Local Office: See Regional Agency Offices. See Food and Nutrition Service Regional Offices listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog. The following Food and Nutrition Service Regional Offices have FDPIR programs within their regional area: Mountain Plains, Midwest, Southwest, Southeast, Northeast, and Western.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS: