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FDPIR Nutrition Paraprofessional Training Project - Release of RFP

Tuesday, May 28, 2019  
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The Food Distribution Division at FNS Headquarters has announced the release of a Request for Proposals that solicits applications from academic institutes of higher learning,  research  training institutions, nonprofit organizations, or other qualified organizations that are able to develop and deliver a project that teaches FDPIR local agency staff to provide basic nutrition information to recipients of FDPIR foods. 

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Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations Nutrition Paraprofessional Training Project

Request for Proposals Released

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), Food Distribution Division is pleased to announce the release of our Request for Proposals (RFP), Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations Nutrition Paraprofessional Training Project, to the web site on May 8, 2019.  The RFP solicits proposals from organizations interested in applying for a cooperative agreement grant funded by USDA.  The selected organization will  provide nutrition paraprofessional training to staff working at local Food Distribution Programs on Indian Reservations (FDPIR).

FDPIR is administered by FNS at the Federal level.  FDPIR provides nutritious foods to low-income households, including the elderly, living on Indian reservations, and to Native American families residing in designated areas near reservations and in the State of Oklahoma.  The program is administered locally by either Indian Tribal Organizations (ITOs) or a State agency (SA). Visit  Food Distribution Program to learn more.  USDA purchases and ships USDA Foods, selected from a list of available foods, to the programs.  View the list at  The ITOs/SAs store and distribute the food from warehouse or community facilities, determine applicant eligibility, and provide nutrition and social services to recipients. Eligible recipients pick up monthly food packages at program sites or at centrally located areas if the program serves participants who live in remote locations. 

The Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations Nutrition Paraprofessional Training Project anticipates awarding a cooperative agreement grant to an accredited public or private academic institute of higher learning, a research or training institution, a nonprofit organization, or other qualified organization by September 2019.  The selected organization will develop and deliver the paraprofessional training project that focuses on teaching basic nutrition concepts.  We invite eligible institutions to apply for this competitive award.

FNS conducted a qualitative assessment of need to determine whether there is interest in USDA-funded nutrition education training.  Data were collected through semi-structured interviews from ITO Directors, ITO staff, and other stakeholders. A final report was submitted in September, 2018.  Key findings are documented in the RFP.  It is important to incorporate the findings of the assessment as part of the plan for delivering the pilot training project.  The complete  final assessment report is included as a supporting document at 

To view details and apply for the grant opportunity, follow this link, or you can search for the opportunity at by using the Grant Opportunity Number, USDA-FNS-FDPIR-FY19-NPTPS.   Some key details regarding the application are included below.


  • All applications must be submitted using’s Workspace application process.  If you require additional assistance or encounter problems, you can contact the support team. You can find more information on how to contact the support team by visiting their website or calling their help hotline (1-800-518-4726). Their support team is available 24/7 except for federal holidays.

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