The Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program in the US
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is accepting applications for The Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program – Produce Prescription Program.
The program presents the opportunity to bring together stakeholders from distinct parts of the food and healthcare systems and to foster understanding of how they might improve the nutrition and health status of participating households prescribed fresh fruits and vegetables. In addition, it presents educational opportunities relating to nutrition to participants.
The primary goal and objective of the GusNIP Produce Prescription Program is to demonstrate and evaluate the impact of projects on:
the improvement of dietary health through increased consumption of fruits and vegetables;
the reduction of individual and household food insecurity; and
the reduction in healthcare use and associated costs.
All GusNIP produce prescription project proposals must:
include a letter of support from 1 or more healthcare partners;
prescribe fresh fruits and vegetables to eligible individuals;
All GusNIP produce prescription project proposals may:
provide financial or non-financial incentives for eligible individuals to purchase or procure fresh fruits and vegetables;
provide educational resources on nutrition to eligible individuals; and establish additional accessible locations for eligible individuals to procure fresh fruits and vegetables.
Type of Projects
NIFA will prioritize the following types of projects for award in accordance with the program area evaluation criteria:
serve underrepresented communities, such as tribal communities and/or
serve underrepresented geographies, such as Alabama, American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, Delaware, Federated States of Micronesia, Florida, Guam, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, US Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
The anticipated amount available for NIFA to support this program is approximately $4.9 million in FY 2022; and approximately $5.2 million in FY 2023.
Award Ceiling: $500,000
Eligibility to receive a Produce Prescription grant is limited to government agencies and non-profit organizations.
Institutions of higher education that are local, county, tribal, territory, or state government agencies must provide documentation in support of eligibility as a government agency.
Veterans Health Administration and various components of its healthcare system, such as hospitals or clinics are eligible government agencies.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=339271