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TANF Emergency Fund and Summer Food Service Programs

Published: April 21, 2010
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
Power Point Presentation

TITLE Slide - TANF Emergency Fund in the Recovery Act of 2009 and Summer Food Service Programs


Slide 2 TANF Emergency Fund Basics

  • $5 billion available until September 30, 2010 for increases in:
    • Basic assistance
    • Non-recurrent, short-term benefits
    • Subsidized employment
  • Pays 80% of increase over base year (FY 2007 or 2008) expenditures
  • Each state can qualify for up to 50% of its TANF block grant, subject to overall cap
  • To date, we have awarded states over $2 billion
  • Administration has proposed continuation into FY 11, with $2.5 billion available for FY 11

Slide 3 - Qualifying Expenditures

  • Combined federal and state spending (20% does not have to be state dollars)
  • Must be an increase over comparable quarter in the base year (FY 2007 or FY 2008)
  • May be third-party spending claimed as state “maintenance-of-effort” (MOE) spending
  • Third-party expenditures
    • Third-party spending, including in-kind donations
    • Employer supervision and training costs
    • Need appropriate agreements

Slide 4 - TANF Emergency Fund and Summer Food Service Programs

  • Opportunities to leverage additional TANF Emergency Funds for activities supporting
  • Summer Food Service Programs
  • Categories:
    • Non-recurrent, short-term benefits
    • Subsidized employment

Slide 5 - Non-recurrent, Short-term Benefits

  • Must meet 3 conditions:
    • Address a family’s specific crisis situation or episode of need;
    • Is not intended to meet recurrent or ongoing needs; and
    • Will not extend beyond 4 months
  • Very broad, flexible category of spending
  • Can go to low-income families whether or not they receive cash assistance

Slide 6 - Non-recurrent, Short-term Benefits: Examples related to Summer Food Service Programs

  • Short-term leased or rented equipment
  • Transportation services to transport food and/or children to feeding sites
  • Recreational activities to attract more youth to program locations
  • Meal preparation costs that are not otherwise reimbursed under the SFSP (including the cost of additional meals and meals provided to parents of SFSP-eligible children)

Slide 7 - Subsidized Employment and Summer Food Service Programs

  • Sites can create subsidized employment positions for staff support to provide supervision and programming at summer feeding sites
  • Can include the cost of wage subsidies, staffing and development, and employer supervision and training
  • State may assume supervision costs equal 25 percent of employee’s wage without special documentation