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GusNIP Listening Session

The Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP) brings together stakeholders from various parts of the food and healthcare systems.  The competitive grant program portfolio includes nutrition incentive projects, produce prescription projects, and training, technical assistance, evaluation, and information centers which provide support services to both nutrition incentive and produce prescription projects.  Nutrition incentive projects aim to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by low-income consumers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by providing incentives at the point of purchase.  Produce prescription projects aim to increase procurement and consumption of fruits and vegetables, reduce individual and household food insecurity, and reduce healthcare usage and associated costs.  
 
National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), U.S. Department of Agriculture will host a webinar to listen to stakeholder feedback regarding all aspects of the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP).  The 2018 Farm Bill authorized the program for fiscal years 2019 through 2023 with a growth in program funding from $45 million to $56 million to be appropriated over the 5 years.
 
During the webinar, stakeholders may share their feedback on the competitive grant program with NIFA representatives.  To accommodate comprehensive input verbal comments during the webinar are limited to 3 minutes per organization.

NIFA Moderator:  William Hoffman

Panelists:  Suzanne Stluka, Deputy Director, Institute of Food Safety & Nutrition (IFSN), NIFA; Shoushan (Steve) Zeng, Division Director of Food Safety in the IFSN, NIFA; Mallory Koenings, National Program Leader, IFSN NIFA; Elizabeth Kerling, Senior Grants Management Specialist, Office of Grants & Financial Management, NIFA; Michael Garcia, Program Analyst, Food & Nutrition Service; Marga Ortiz, Retailer Policy Branch Chief, Food & Nutrition Service

Webinar Times:  2:00-3:30-EDT; 1:00-2:30 CDT; 12:00-1:30 MDT; 11:00-12:30 PDT; 10:00-11:30 AKDT; 8:00-9:30 HAST

If you are unable to attend the webinar or would like to provide written feedback, please compose an email with “GusNIP Listening Session” as the subject line containing your comments by COB on Wednesday, October 27, 2021.  Please address the e-mail to Dr. Mallory Koenings, National Program Leader, at Sm.fn.GusNIP@usda.gov.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this meeting, please contact Mr. Ryan Kornegay, Program Specialist, at Ryan.Kornegay@usda.gov no later than Wednesday October 13, 2021. Include “reasonable accommodation” in the subject line. Language access services, such as interpretation or translation of vital information, will be provided free of charge to limited English proficient individuals upon request.
 

 
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