This work is supported by the Food Safety Outreach Program [grant no. 2023-70020-40631] from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture titled “Empowering Minority Serving Institutions Food Safety Specialists To Write Successful Food Safety Outreach Program Grants Through Education, Training And Technical Assistance”.
Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) were established in response to historical racial and ethnic inequality in access to higher education. MSIs have are dedicated to educating and investing in underserved communities throughout the U.S. FSOP grant recipients in the past included only 25% of the institutions of higher education, community-based organization, non-profits, and non-government were MSIs. The overarching goal of this proposal is to advance MSIs ability to secure grant funding by developing a targeted toolkit for grant writers at minority-serving institutions to ensure that they can secure funding to provide food safety education to the populations they serve. The specific objectives of this grant proposal are to: 1)Identify a cadre of MSIs food safety specialists eligible to apply for the FSOP grant program; 2)Development of the grant writing toolkit, professional development education and training opportunities, and technical assistance mechanisms; and 3) Delivery and implementation of the FSOP grant writing toolkit, professional development education and training, and technical assistance opportunities. As a result of this grant, 16 Professional Development education and training opportunities will be executed; 60 food safety specialists attending one of three-8 session grant writer bootcamp; 100 MSIs food safety specialists attending a professional development opportunity; 100 MSIs that utilized some portion of the grant writer tool kit; 20 grant teams participating in Technical Assistance Feedback Sessions, a grant writer toolkit will be deposited in the Food Safety Clearing House and an article in the Journal of Extension.