Resource | Guidance Documents | FNS-GD-2019-0098
FNS Handbook 501 for FDPIR

The FNS Handbook 501 provides Indian Tribal Organizations and state agencies guidance on the administration of the food distribution program. The chapters within the handbook cover all aspects of the program including financial management, certification of households, food ordering, and inventory control.

Resource | Guidance Documents | FNS-GD-2020-0008
Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations Monthly Distribution Guide Rates By Household Size

FNS Handbook 501, Exhibit O shows the FDPIR Monthly Distribution Guide Rates By Household Size effective March 1, 2021. This document is commonly referred to as the "FDPIR Guide Rate."  

FNS Handbook 501, Exhibit O
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0012
FDPIR Federal Pandemic Unemployment Income Exclusion

On Dec. 27, 2020, the President signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. Division N, Title VII, Section 702(d) of this Act excludes federal pandemic unemployment compensation payments authorized under Section 2104 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act; PL 116-136) from consideration as income for the purposes of determining FDPIR eligibility. 

Resource | Guidance Documents | 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 | Final Rule
FPIR: Two-Year Administrative Funding Availability and Substantial Burden Waiver Signatory Requirement

FNS is codifying a revised statutory requirement included in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. The 2018 Farm Bill at section 4003 requires FDPIR administrative funds to remain available for obligation at the Indian Tribal Organization (ITO) and State agency level for a period of two Federal fiscal years. This provision was self-executing and went into effect upon enactment of the 2018 Farm Bill in Federal fiscal year 2019. 

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0064
FD-148: The Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations

This memorandum includes questions and answers on flexibilities available to Indian Tribal Organizations (ITOs) and state agencies on the operations of FDPIR. These flexibilities may assist ITOs and state agencies that administer FDPIR in continuing to provide food to people in need during the novel COVID-19 public health emergency.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0055
Request for Funding for Facility Improvements & Equipment Upgrades to Prevent, Prepare for and Respond to Coronavirus Challenges

Consistent with the CARES Act, USDA will be allocating the $50 million for facility improvements and equipment upgrades to Indian Tribal Organizations and state agencies that administer FDPIR for program costs allowable under the law.

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 | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2019-0099
Policy Cancellation Memorandum

FNS is cancelling Policy Memoranda FD-010, FD-027, FD-028, FD-029, FD-032, FD-053, FD-055, FD-071, FD-073, FD-074, FD-083, FD-086, FD-087, FD-090, FD-105, and FD-115. The guidance provided by these memoranda are either outdated, obsolete, or otherwise captured in more current memoranda.

FD-147
Resource | Legislation
Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018

Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 
[Public Law 115–334] 
[As Amended Through P.L. 116–94, Enacted December 20, 2019] 

AN ACT To provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2023, and for other purposes. 

P.L. 116-94