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Nutrition Services Incentive Program

Program Descriptions

Program Number



Nutrition Services Incentive Program


Federal Agency




Older Americans Act of 1965, as amended, Section 311, 42 U.S.C. 303a, Section 604, 42 U.S.C. 3057.






To reward effective performance by States and Tribes in the efficient delivery of nutritious meals to older adults through the use of cash or commodities.


Types of Assistance

Formula Grants.


Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds are made available to State agencies on aging and Indian Tribal Organizations to purchase foods of United States origin or to access commodities from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). These foods are to be used in the preparation of congregate and home-delivered meals by nutrition services programs. Commodities available from the USDA may not be sold, exchanged, or otherwise disposed of (authorized distribution excepted) without prior, specific approval of USDA.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State agencies on aging and Indian Tribal Organizations (ITO) that receive funding through Titles III and VI of the OAA may receive grants of cash from the Administration on Aging (AoA) or commodities from the USDA.

Beneficiary Eligibility

For Title III congregate meals, persons who are older adults (age 60 years and above) or a spouse of an older adult, regardless of age; disabled adults who live in housing facilities primarily occupied by older adults where a congregate site is located; disabled adults under age 60, who reside at home with older adults; and volunteers, regardless of age, who assist in meal service during meal hours. For Title III home-delivered meals, an older individual must be assessed to be homebound. The spouse of a homebound individual regardless of age or condition may receive a meal if receipt of the meal is assessed to be in the best interest of the homebound older adult. For Title VI, all of these criteria apply. In addition, an ITO may select the age that defines who is an older adult.


State agencies on aging and Indian Tribal Organizations must complete agreements with the AoA. Nutrition Programs must comply with forms established by their State agencies on aging.


Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedure

All States and Indian Tribal Organizations are eligible, no applications required.

Award Procedure




Range of Approval/Disapproval Time






Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

The NSIP is based on a performance incentive model. State agencies on aging and ITOs receive NSIP funding based on the number of meals served in the prior federal fiscal year in proportion to all other States and tribes and the available appropriation. State agencies and ITOs may elect to receive commodities through procedures established by the USDA. There are no match requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance



Post Assistance Requirements


Annual financial status reports.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in OMB Circular No. A-133.


Adequate to account for all receipts and dispositions; to be retained for 3 years following the close of the fiscal year.


Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $147,846,000; FY 08 $151,894,688; and FY 09 est $153,429,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$58 to $14,641,700; $499,248.


Program Accomplishments

During fiscal year 2005 about 238 million meals were served to program participants.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

45 CFR 92.


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Regional Administrators, Administration on Aging, Department of Health and Human Services, Region Offices. (See Appendix IV of the Catalog).

Headquarters Office

Jean Lloyd, Office for Community-Based Services, Administration on Aging, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC 20201. Telephone: (202) 357-3582. Use the same number for FTS. E-mail:

Web Site Address


Related Programs

93.045, Special Programs For The Aging-Title Iii, Part C-Nutrition Services
93.047, Special Programs For The Aging-Title Vi, Part A, Grants To Indian Tribes-Part B, Grants To Native Hawaiians


Examples of Funded Projects

Programs 93.045 and 93.047, Special Programs for the Aging relating to nutrition services and Indian programs respectively are examples of projects that have been funded under this program. Both of these programs supply supportive services including nutrition services to older Americans.


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