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WASHINGTON, August 14, 2023 — The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) today announced a Request for Proposals for subgrants for its Equitable Access in Child Nutrition Programs project, supported by funding through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (USDA FNS). A total of up to $1.1 million will be awarded, with individual subgrant awards ranging from $100,000 to $250,000.  The goal of this funding is to help public and private nonprofit entities and academic organizations conduct research activities that identify barriers to equitable access in the Child Nutrition Programs as well as strategies to help overcome these barriers. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. EST on October 3, 2023.Through the Equitable Access in Child Nutrition Programs Project, FRAC will support research on barriers to participation and equitable service delivery in Child Nutrition Programs, including the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, Summer Food Service Program, Seamless Summer Option, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program, which includes the At-Risk Afterschool Meal Program.“The Child Nutrition Programs are critical to fueling health and development, yet too many children are missing out on the many benefits of these programs, or receiving unequal service delivery within the programs,” said Luis Guardia, president of FRAC. “We are eager to receive proposals that will identify opportunities to ensure these proven programs reach more children.” This effort reflects USDA FNS’s and FRAC’s commitment to ensuring all children can access the Child Nutrition Programs for which they are eligible and that services are provided equitably to all program participants and school nutrition departments, programs, and operators, particularly those from underserved communities.Technical assistance and a community of practice will be provided by FRAC to support grantees throughout the project duration.Interested organizations can learn more about the funding opportunity and how to apply at


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