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Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance

Food Safety Resources

The FNS Office of Food Safety develops education, instruction and technical assistance resources for individuals working in federally funded nutrition assistance programs such as the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and Summer Food Service Program. Many of these resources are created in partnership with the Institute of Child Nutrition.

Resource | Webinars/Videos

Use of USDA Foods in Disasters

We discuss information and resources provided in the revised USDA Foods in Disaster Manual, June 2021 to help you be prepared for the use of USDA Foods in disasters, emergencies and situations of distress

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance | FNS-GD-2020-0131

USDA Foods Program Disaster Manual

This manual contains important information for persons in FNS headquarters, FNS regional offices, and distributing agencies, which include state distributing agencies and Indian Tribal Organizations that are charged with the responsibility of providing USDA Foods to disaster relief organizations in the event of a disaster, emergency, or situation of distress.

Resource | Webinars/Videos

Using USDA Foods in Disasters, Emergencies, and Situations of Distress

This webinar is intended for state distributing agencies and FNS regional office staff and highlights how USDA Foods may be used in congregate feeding or disaster household distribution during a disaster, emergency, or situation of distress response. We discuss the importance of planning, preparation and communication before, during and after a disaster response.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0026

Q&As related to COVID-19: WIC and the Food Distribution Programs

With the recent passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to assist with the novel   coronaviruspublic health emergency,  WIC received an increase in funding for the program as well as increased ability to provide states with the flexibilities they need to support mothers, infants and children that rely on WIC.

Resource | Forms

Report of Commodity Distribution for Disaster Relief

FNS Form 292A is to be used to report Commodity Distribution for Disaster Relief. 

FNS-292A
Resource | Fact Sheets

Using USDA Food During a Human Pandemic Outbreak Options for Schools and Communities

This fact sheet is for using USDA Food during a human pandemic outbreak.

Resource | Policy

Farm Bill

President Trump signs The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, commonly known as the 2018 Farm Bill, that reauthorizes the programs administered by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) through 2023.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2019-0062

Best Practices to Minimize Food Waste

This memorandum implements requirements under the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 and provides guidance to TEFAP state agencies on best practices to minimize food waste of privately donated foods provided to TEFAP state agencies and eligible recipient agencies. 

Resource | Legislation

PL 110–234 - Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008

[As Amended Through PL 115–334, Enacted Dec. 20, 2018]
To provide for the continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2012, and for other purposes. 

PL 110–234