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Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP)

The Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP) brings together stakeholders from various parts of the food and healthcare systems. The Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program competitive grant programs are authorized under 7 U.S.C. 7517, for fiscal years 2019 through 2023 with mandatory growth in annual funding from $45 million to $56 million to be appropriated over 5 years.

The 2018 Farm Bill allows the Secretary to provide funding opportunities to conduct and evaluate projects providing incentives to income-eligible consumers to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables and prescriptions for fresh fruits and vegetables. By bringing together stakeholders from various parts of the food and healthcare systems, GusNIP projects help foster understanding to improve the health and nutrition status of participating households, facilitate growth in underrepresented communities and geographies, as well as collect and aggregate data to identify and improve best practices on a broad scale.   

GusNIP builds on the foundation of the Healthy Incentive Pilot (HIP) and the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentives (FINI) grant program.  Since it was established in 2019, GusNIP has provided over $270M in funding to 197 projects throughout the U.S. 

GusNIP is one of NIFA’s key grant portfolios prioritizing nutrition security.  USDA’s four pillar approach to nutrition security includes Pillar 1: Meaningful Support, Pillar 2: Healthy Food, Pillar 3: Collaborative Action, and Pillar 4: Equitable Systems.  GusNIP contributes to all four pillars.  USDA’s nutrition security efforts contribute to the National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health through Integrating Nutrition and Health.   



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