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Contracts for Services to New York Nonprofits, Tribes, Agencies, and Educational Institutions to Provide Food to Underserved Communities

New York Food For New York Families


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Funding Source
New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets
Funding or PIN Number: RFP #0325
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Geographic Focus
USA: New York CityNew York

Important Dates
Conference Date: 01/18/24
Deadline: 02/29/24 3:00 PM Local Time Save

Grant Description
Contracts for services to New York nonprofit organizations, Tribes, government agencies, educational institutions, and agricultural cooperatives to provide food to underserved communities. Applicants must ensure that they are prequalified prior to submitting an application. The goal of this program is to purchase food grown and produced in New York State and deliver it to food insecure communities. Additionally, this program focuses on creating new markets and purchasing from underserved producers.

New York Food for New York Families Program Round 2 will maintain and improve food and agricultural supply chain resiliency in New York State. This funding is provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program (LFPA.) 

Program Goals:

NYFNYF2 will maintain and improve food and agricultural supply chain resiliency in New York State. The goals of this program are to:

  • Support local and traditionally disadvantaged farmers/producers by building and expanding economic opportunities and creating new marketing channels.
  • Establish and broaden partnerships between New York farmers/producers and the food distribution community and local food networks to ensure distribution of fresh nutritious foods in rural, remote, and/or underserved areas.
  • Improve food access for underserved communities by tailoring distribution to unique local challenges. 

The Department will establish contracts with organizations for the purpose of purchasing New York agriculture food products and distributing these products for free to underserved communities facing food insecurity. Awardees will purchase food from New York State farmers/producers, targeting socially disadvantaged farmers/producers. Funds shall be used to purchase New York-grown, domestic foods and are expected to help build and expand economic opportunity for local and socially disadvantaged farmers/producers.

Awardees must spend 85% of the budget on fresh and/or minimally processed food. Awardees must distribute the purchased food to underserved communities that are not served through traditional food distribution networks. Food must be distributed without requirements placed on recipients. Food must be distributed free of charge.

The Project Scope can be found at

Eligible Costs can be found at


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants include:
- Not-for-profit organizations engaged in food distribution
- Indian tribal organizations
- Agricultural Cooperatives
- Local or municipal governments
- Public educational institutions
- Organizations that applied to the first round of LFPA funding and did not receive an award

Applicants must be registered and pre-qualified in the Statewide Financial System by the deadline of this RFP to be eligible.

Ineligible Applicants:
1. For-profit organizations
2. Individuals
3. Organizations that received a previous award from the New York Food for New York Families Grant Program Track 1 or Track 2.
4. Organizations not pre-qualified in the New York Statewide Financial System by the grant application deadline of 3:00 p.m. on February 15, 2024.

This funding opportunity (Round 2) is restricted to applicants who have not previously received funding through the New York Food for New York Families program.
- Applicants may only submit one application through this RFP.
- Applicants that applied to the first round of competitive funding and did not receive an award may apply.
- Entities that received an award through the first round, either the competitive RFP Track 1 ($200,000-$2 million) opportunity or the non-competitive RFA Track 2 ($10,000-$50,000) are not eligible to apply.

Ineligible Costs can be found at

Pre-Proposal Conference
An informational webinar will be held on January 18 at 3:00 pm. Register for the webinar at

Pre-Application Information
- Release Request for Proposals (RFP): January 10, 2024
- Informational Webinar: January 18, 2024, 3:00 p.m.
- Deadline for Questions: February 1, 2024, 3:00 p.m.
- Answers to Questions Posted: February 8, 2024
- Deadline for Applications: February 29, 2024, 3:00 p.m.
- Announcement of Grant Awards: Anticipated May 2024

Proposals must be received by the Department by 3:00 pm local time on February 15, 2024. Applications are required to be submitted via a paper application as New York State is currently transitioning from Grants Gateway to SFS. Applicants are still required to be prequalified in SFS after it goes live on January 16. Find out more at

Any questions concerning this RFP must be received by 3:00 pm local time on February 1, 2024. Individual responses will not be provided.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Applicants may apply for a minimum of $250,000 to a maximum of $2,000,000. A minimum of 85% of the award must be spent on eligible food purchases.

Term of Contract
Proposed projects must be completed by August 31, 2025, unless an extension is granted by USDA and the Department. The anticipated contract term is May 1, 2024 – August 31, 2025.

Contact Information
Mail or hand-deliver your proposal, in one sealed envelope or package addressed to:
NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets
Division of Fiscal Management
Attn: Kimberly Carr (RFP0325)
10B Airline Drive Albany, NY 12235

Questions must be submitted in writing to Fatou Kandji via fax at (518) 457-2716 or email at Please list “RFP0325” in the subject line.

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