Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-Summer Meals Study, 39750-39757 [2017-17643]

Download as PDF 39750 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 161 / Tuesday, August 22, 2017 / Notices Ruth Brown, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. attention of Alice Ann Gola at 703–305– 2576 or via email to AliceAnn.Gola@ fns.usda.gov. Comments will also be accepted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to https:// www.regulations.gov and follow the online instructions for submitting comments electronically. All written comments will be open for public inspection at the office of the Food and Nutrition Service during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday) at 3101 Park Center Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22302. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval. All comments will be a matter of public record. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of this information collected should be directed to Alice Ann Gola at 703–305–4347 or aliceann.gola@ fns.usda.gov. [FR Doc. 2017–17692 Filed 8–21–17; 8:45 am] SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: BILLING CODE 3410–9R–P Title: Summer Meals Study. Form Number: Not applicable. OMB Number: 0584–NEW. Expiration Date: Not Yet Determined. Type of Request: New collection. Abstract: The Federally-funded Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the National School Lunch Program’s Seamless Summer Option (SSO) provide healthy meals and snacks to children through 18 years of age, in low-income areas during summer months when school is not in session. Open summer sites provide free meals to children in geographical areas where at least 50 percent of children are eligible for free or reduced price school meals (i.e., at or below 185 percent of the Federal poverty level). Closed enrolled summer sites provide free meals to children enrolled in an activity program where at least half of the children are individually determined eligible for free or reduced price meals. Open and enrolled sites, as well as sites that predominantly serve children of migrant workers, receive reimbursement from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the meals they serve to all children in attendance. The reimbursement rates vary depending on the type of meal served (i.e., breakfast, lunch, supper, or snack) and whether the site is operating SFSP or SSO. The SFSP and SSO sites operate at State, Local or Tribal locations such as public and private nonprofit schools, local government agencies, business organizations such as youth sports programs, churches, and food pantries. In July 2016, 5,525 sponsors managed intended to be used as one indicator in targeting and designing outreach activities and in assessing compliance with civil rights laws in program delivery. The data may also be used as an indicator in directing compliance reviews to geographic areas where there are indications of low participation in USDA programs by minorities and women, thus serving as an ‘‘early warning system’’ that warrants further investigations. Failure to collect this information will have a negative impact on USDA’s outreach activities and could result in an inability of the agencies to equitably deliver programs and services to applicant and producers. Description of Respondents: Individuals or households. Number of Respondents: 3,200,000. Frequency of Responses: Reporting: Other (once). Total Burden Hours: 106,667. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food and Nutrition Service Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request—Summer Meals Study Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice invites the general public and other public agencies to comment on this proposed information collection. This collection is a new collection. The purpose of the Summer Meals Study is for the Food and Nutrition Service to understand the facilitators and barriers to program implementation, perceived benefits and challenges for sponsor and site participation, nutritional quality of meals served, parental awareness, factors influencing child participation, and experience with the Summer Food Service Program and the National School Lunch Program’s Seamless Summer Option. DATES: Written comments must be received on or before October 23, 2017. ADDRESSES: Comments may be sent to: Alice Ann Gola, Office of Policy Support, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 1014, Alexandria, VA 22302. Comments may also be submitted via fax to the sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:00 Aug 21, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 48,618 sites and served 3.85 million summer meals to participating children.1 However, summer meals reach only a small percent of the children receiving free or reduced price meals during the school year. This study will help identify strategies to increase participation in summer meals as well as assess the nutritional quality of the meals served to children. Legislation requires those programs participating in the SFSP or SSO to cooperate with program research and evaluation (Section 305 of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act). The six study objectives are: (1) Identify reasons children and their caregivers participate in summer meals and their satisfaction levels with the program; (2) Assess how characteristics differ between participants and eligible nonparticipants of SFSP and SSO; (3) Determine the reasons eligible families do not participate in SFSP and SSO; (4) Determine the food service characteristics of SFSP and SSO sites; (5) Describe the characteristics and content of SFSP and SSO meals and snacks; and (6) Assess facilitators and barriers to preparing and serving SFSP and SSO meals and snacks. A nationally representative study with a mixed-methods research design will be used to address the six study objectives. States will be selected for the study using FNS administrative data on SFSP and SSO program size. In the selected States, State agencies administering SFSP and SSO will provide lists of participating sites and sponsors from which the sample of sites will be drawn. State agencies administering the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in these States will provide SNAP caseload data. These data will be used in conjunction with postal data to identify children in the catchment areas of sampled sites. Quantitative and qualitative data will be collected from SFSP and SSO sponsors and sites, former sponsors, and participants and eligible nonparticipants. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden on the proposed collection of information, 1 The USDA FNS National Data Bank provides a single official repository to support the analysis and public release of FNS program information through the Food Programs Reporting System (FPRS) OMB Control No. 0584–0594 Expiration 6/2019, data from various FNS programs are extracted and imported into the NDB database. This number includes meals served through both SFSP and SSO. E:\FR\FM\22AUN1.SGM 22AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 161 / Tuesday, August 22, 2017 / Notices sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES including the validity of the methodology and assumptions that were used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Affected Public: Respondent groups identified include: (1) Individuals/ Households (preschool- and school-aged children and teens eligible for participation in summer meals and their caregivers); (2) State/Local Government (SFSP and SSO State agencies, SNAP State agencies, and SFSP and SSO sponsors, former sponsors, and sites); and (3) Businesses-for-not-for-Profit (SFSP sponsors, former sponsors, and sites). Estimated Number of Respondents: 88, 222.48. Out of the 88,222 sample size initially contacted, FNS anticipates approximately 44,340.59 will respond and 43,881 will not respond during the initial contact. FNS will continue to recontact non-respondents to reach the desired participation rates. This includes: 85,575 individuals and VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:00 Aug 21, 2017 Jkt 241001 households, 59 State, Local or Tribal agencies; 1,108 sponsors (665 in the State/Local Government category and 443 in the Business category); and1,480 site supervisors (888 in the State/Local Government category and 592 in the Business category). Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 3.67. SFSP and SSO State agencies will be asked to provide lists of participating sites/sponsors twice: Once to draw the initial sample (based on sites and sponsors participating in the Summer of 2017), and then again to finalize the sample to include sites and sponsors participating in the Summer of 2018. SNAP State agencies will be asked to provide caseload data once. Caregivers and their children will be asked to respond to one survey, and a subset of caregivers will be invited to participate in a follow-up key informant interview. Sponsors and site supervisors will respond to one survey, and a subset will be invited to participate in a followup telephone interview. Those sponsors and site supervisors responsible for menu planning for the sampled site will also be asked to respond to a menu planning survey, and to provide details on the meals from one week of menus. Some of these sponsors and sites will PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 39751 receive a follow-up menu report to fill in details missing from their original submission of menu information. Former sponsors will be asked to respond to one telephone interview. Estimated Total Annual Responses: 323,788. There are approximately 169.470.33 total annual responses from participants and approximately 154,307.74 non-responses for those we contacted. Some non-participants were re-contacted more than once. Estimated Average Time per Response: 0.6875. The estimated time of response varies from 1 minute to 60 minutes depending on the respondent group, as shown in the table below; the average estimated response is 0.13 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 22,262. The total public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated at 22,261.68 rounded up to 22,262 burden hours and 323,778 total annual responses. Out of the 22,262 burden hours 18,924 are for respondents and 3337.67 burden hours are for non-respondents. See the table below for estimated total annual burden for each type of respondent. 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Brandon Lipps, Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service. [FR Doc. 2017–17643 Filed 8–21–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–30–C DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food and Nutrition Service Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection Comment Requested—Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) Collection Recipe Submission and Review Forms Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 this notice announces the Food and Nutrition Service’s (FNS) intent to request approval to collect information via online forms. This is a revision of a currently approved information collection request which was transferred from Agricultural Research Service. These voluntary forms (SNAP-Ed Connection Recipe Submission and Review Forms) will be used by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) instructors, Individuals/Households (consumers from the general public), Business (the private sector), USDA Food program operators, and other Federal entities and State Agencies (school nutrition experts, State Agency nutrition programs) to submit recipes. These same groups will also be able to review recipes. These two voluntary forms (The Recipe Finder Submission Form and The Recipe Review Form) give consumers and nutrition program experts the opportunity to share recipes that they have developed and review recipes that have been submitted by either group. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by October 23, 2017 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Comments may be sent to: Usha Kalro, Food and Nutrition Service, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Program Administration and Accountability Division, SNAP-Ed Connection, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 822, Alexandria, VA 22302, or via fax 703 305 0928. Submit electronic comments to snap-edconnection@ fns.usda.gov. Comments will also be accepted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to https:// www.regulations.gov and follow the sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:00 Aug 21, 2017 Jkt 241001 online instructions for submitting comments electronically. All written comments will be open for public inspection at the office of the Food and Nutrition Service during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday) at 3101 Park Center Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22302. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of this information collected should be directed to Usha Kalro, telephone (703) 305–2397, or at usha.kalro@fns.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden on the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions that were used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval. All comments will be a matter of public record. Title: SNAP-Ed Connection Recipe Submission and Review Forms. OMB Number: 0584–0624. Form Number: N/A. Expiration Date: 10.31.17. Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved information collect request. Abstract: We are requesting an update in the name of this form. The name change from Food Stamp to SNAP was based on the Farm Bill, The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110–234, H.R. 2419, 122 Stat. 923, Section 4001 enacted May 22, 2008, also known as the 2008 U.S. Farm Bill). The What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl (formerly the Food Stamp Nutrition Connection Recipe Finder, and then SNAP-Ed Connection Recipe Finder) https:// whatscooking.fns.usda.gov is an on-line recipe database. This database is a central location for recipe users to submit and search for healthy recipes that support the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015 (DGA). The recipe PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 39757 database is now a combination of recipes from other USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) programs such as the Food Distribution Programs (FDP) (Food Distribution on Indian Reservations, Commodity Supplemental Food Program, and The Emergency Food Assistance Program), Child Nutrition Programs (CNP), and the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP). The recipes benefit (individuals/households) consumers, State Agency staff, SNAP-Ed instructors, school nutrition experts, and (businessfor-not-for-profit) the private sector. The Recipe Finder Submission Form allows SNAP-Ed instructors, individuals/household consumers from the general public, USDA Foods program operators, other Federal entities and State Agency nutrition programs, school nutrition experts, and (business-for-not-for-profit) the private sector to submit recipes on-line, making the submission process efficient. The criteria for recipe inclusion vary by program area. Staff from SNAP-Ed Connection, CNPP, FDP, and CNP reviews the data collected from the voluntary Recipe Finder Submission Form. Only Staff will review the form to determine whether a recipe is eligible for inclusion in the database. Data collected (such as names, addresses, emails and affiliations) from The Recipe Review Form allows recipe users to provide feedback about the recipe that may help future users & allows the Federal entity to reach out to request any changes in the recipe to meet the DGA. Any Web site user is able to leave comments. Estimated burden for each form and affected public is defined in the table below. Form 1: The Recipe Finder Submission Form Affected Public: State Agencies (15); Business-for-not-for-profit (5) and Individuals or Households (5). Estimated Total Number of Respondents: 25 (There are15 State Agencies—who SNAP-Ed instructors, school nutrition experts, state agency nutrition programs), 5 business from the private sector, 5 individuals and household consumers from the general public, the USDA Foods program operators, and Federal. We are not counting burden for the Federal Government entities since these agencies specializes in food nutrition which falls within the scope of their mission. Estimated Frequency of Responses: 1. Estimated Total Number of Annual Responses: 25. Estimated Burden per Response: 0.1837 (The Recipe Submission Form E:\FR\FM\22AUN1.SGM 22AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 161 (Tuesday, August 22, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 39750-39757]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-17643]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food and Nutrition Service


Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request--Summer Meals Study

AGENCY: Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this 
notice invites the general public and other public agencies to comment 
on this proposed information collection. This collection is a new 
collection. The purpose of the Summer Meals Study is for the Food and 
Nutrition Service to understand the facilitators and barriers to 
program implementation, perceived benefits and challenges for sponsor 
and site participation, nutritional quality of meals served, parental 
awareness, factors influencing child participation, and experience with 
the Summer Food Service Program and the National School Lunch Program's 
Seamless Summer Option.

DATES: Written comments must be received on or before October 23, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be sent to: Alice Ann Gola, Office of Policy 
Support, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 
1014, Alexandria, VA 22302. Comments may also be submitted via fax to 
the attention of Alice Ann Gola at 703-305-2576 or via email to 
AliceAnn.Gola@fns.usda.gov. Comments will also be accepted through the 
Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to https://www.regulations.gov and follow 
the online instructions for submitting comments electronically.
    All written comments will be open for public inspection at the 
office of the Food and Nutrition Service during regular business hours 
(8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday) at 3101 Park Center Drive, 
Alexandria, Virginia 22302.
    All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the 
request for Office of Management and Budget approval. All comments will 
be a matter of public record.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of this information collected should be directed to Alice Ann 
Gola at 703-305-4347 or aliceann.gola@fns.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: Summer Meals Study.
    Form Number: Not applicable.
    OMB Number: 0584-NEW.
    Expiration Date: Not Yet Determined.
    Type of Request: New collection.
    Abstract: The Federally-funded Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) 
and the National School Lunch Program's Seamless Summer Option (SSO) 
provide healthy meals and snacks to children through 18 years of age, 
in low-income areas during summer months when school is not in session. 
Open summer sites provide free meals to children in geographical areas 
where at least 50 percent of children are eligible for free or reduced 
price school meals (i.e., at or below 185 percent of the Federal 
poverty level). Closed enrolled summer sites provide free meals to 
children enrolled in an activity program where at least half of the 
children are individually determined eligible for free or reduced price 
meals. Open and enrolled sites, as well as sites that predominantly 
serve children of migrant workers, receive reimbursement from the 
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the meals they serve 
to all children in attendance. The reimbursement rates vary depending 
on the type of meal served (i.e., breakfast, lunch, supper, or snack) 
and whether the site is operating SFSP or SSO. The SFSP and SSO sites 
operate at State, Local or Tribal locations such as public and private 
nonprofit schools, local government agencies, business organizations 
such as youth sports programs, churches, and food pantries. In July 
2016, 5,525 sponsors managed 48,618 sites and served 3.85 million 
summer meals to participating children.\1\ However, summer meals reach 
only a small percent of the children receiving free or reduced price 
meals during the school year. This study will help identify strategies 
to increase participation in summer meals as well as assess the 
nutritional quality of the meals served to children. Legislation 
requires those programs participating in the SFSP or SSO to cooperate 
with program research and evaluation (Section 305 of the Healthy Hunger 
Free Kids Act).
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    \1\ The USDA FNS National Data Bank provides a single official 
repository to support the analysis and public release of FNS program 
information through the Food Programs Reporting System (FPRS) OMB 
Control No. 0584-0594 Expiration 6/2019, data from various FNS 
programs are extracted and imported into the NDB database. This 
number includes meals served through both SFSP and SSO.
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    The six study objectives are: (1) Identify reasons children and 
their caregivers participate in summer meals and their satisfaction 
levels with the program; (2) Assess how characteristics differ between 
participants and eligible nonparticipants of SFSP and SSO; (3) 
Determine the reasons eligible families do not participate in SFSP and 
SSO; (4) Determine the food service characteristics of SFSP and SSO 
sites; (5) Describe the characteristics and content of SFSP and SSO 
meals and snacks; and (6) Assess facilitators and barriers to preparing 
and serving SFSP and SSO meals and snacks.
    A nationally representative study with a mixed-methods research 
design will be used to address the six study objectives. States will be 
selected for the study using FNS administrative data on SFSP and SSO 
program size. In the selected States, State agencies administering SFSP 
and SSO will provide lists of participating sites and sponsors from 
which the sample of sites will be drawn. State agencies administering 
the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in these States 
will provide SNAP caseload data. These data will be used in conjunction 
with postal data to identify children in the catchment areas of sampled 
sites. Quantitative and qualitative data will be collected from SFSP 
and SSO sponsors and sites, former sponsors, and participants and 
eligible nonparticipants.
    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the agency, including whether the information shall have practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden on the 
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including the validity of the methodology and assumptions that were 
used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on those who are to respond, including use of 
appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological 
collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
    Affected Public: Respondent groups identified include: (1) 
Individuals/Households (preschool- and school-aged children and teens 
eligible for participation in summer meals and their caregivers); (2) 
State/Local Government (SFSP and SSO State agencies, SNAP State 
agencies, and SFSP and SSO sponsors, former sponsors, and sites); and 
(3) Businesses-for-not-for-Profit (SFSP sponsors, former sponsors, and 
sites).
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 88, 222.48. Out of the 88,222 
sample size initially contacted, FNS anticipates approximately 
44,340.59 will respond and 43,881 will not respond during the initial 
contact. FNS will continue to re-contact non-respondents to reach the 
desired participation rates. This includes: 85,575 individuals and 
households, 59 State, Local or Tribal agencies; 1,108 sponsors (665 in 
the State/Local Government category and 443 in the Business category); 
and1,480 site supervisors (888 in the State/Local Government category 
and 592 in the Business category).
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 3.67. SFSP and SSO 
State agencies will be asked to provide lists of participating sites/
sponsors twice: Once to draw the initial sample (based on sites and 
sponsors participating in the Summer of 2017), and then again to 
finalize the sample to include sites and sponsors participating in the 
Summer of 2018. SNAP State agencies will be asked to provide caseload 
data once. Caregivers and their children will be asked to respond to 
one survey, and a subset of caregivers will be invited to participate 
in a follow-up key informant interview. Sponsors and site supervisors 
will respond to one survey, and a subset will be invited to participate 
in a follow-up telephone interview. Those sponsors and site supervisors 
responsible for menu planning for the sampled site will also be asked 
to respond to a menu planning survey, and to provide details on the 
meals from one week of menus. Some of these sponsors and sites will 
receive a follow-up menu report to fill in details missing from their 
original submission of menu information. Former sponsors will be asked 
to respond to one telephone interview.
    Estimated Total Annual Responses: 323,788. There are approximately 
169.470.33 total annual responses from participants and approximately 
154,307.74 non-responses for those we contacted. Some non-participants 
were re-contacted more than once.
    Estimated Average Time per Response: 0.6875. The estimated time of 
response varies from 1 minute to 60 minutes depending on the respondent 
group, as shown in the table below; the average estimated response is 
0.13 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 22,262. The total 
public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated 
at 22,261.68 rounded up to 22,262 burden hours and 323,778 total annual 
responses. Out of the 22,262 burden hours 18,924 are for respondents 
and 3337.67 burden hours are for non-respondents. See the table below 
for estimated total annual burden for each type of respondent.
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    Dated: August 10, 2017.
Brandon Lipps,
Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-17643 Filed 8-21-17; 8:45 am]
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