Resource | Toolkits
USDA Foods Toolkit for Child Nutrition Programs

The USDA Foods Toolkit is a collection of valuable resources to assist child nutrition professionals in effectively using their USDA Food entitlement and to help them educate students, staff, and the community about the healthy contributions that USDA Foods provide to their meal programs.

Resource | Recipes
USDA Foods in Schools Additional Resources

A compilation of resources for operators of USDA Foods in Schools and child nutrition programs.  

Resource | Newsletters
USDA Foods e-Letters

USDA Foods from Farm to Plate  e-Letters feature resources, news, and best practices, rotating our monthly focus between a general e-Letter and a trio of program-specific e-Letters: “Spotlight on Schools” for USDA Foods in the National School Lunch Program and other child nutrition programs, “Household Highlights” for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program and The Emergency Food Assistance Program, and “FDPIR Connection” for the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations. 

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Nutrition, Allergen, and Ingredient Information for USDA Foods in Schools

This initiative introduces new reporting requirements for USDA vendors regarding reporting of nutrition, allergen, and ingredient information for USDA Foods in Schools.  

Resource | Webinars/Videos
It's a New School Year: What's Happening with USDA Foods in Schools

This webinar highlights recent updates and provides guidance on managing USDA Foods in Schools, including information on the USDA Department of Defense (DoD) Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program and National Processing Program. We cover updates on allocating funds and adding new sites to USDA DoD Fresh, monitoring USDA Foods inventories, and details on SY 2020-2021 entitlement calculations, including the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Opt-In Waiver for School Year 2020- 2021 National School Lunch Program USDA Foods Entitlement Calculations.

Resource | Technical Assistance
Pilot Project for the Procurement of Unprocessed Fruits and Vegetables

The list contains the contact information for each state administering the unprocessed fruit and vegetable pilot, as well as the main USDA contacts.

Resource | Webinars/Videos
What’s New in the USDA DoD Fresh Program?

This webinar discusses recent updates and provides guidance on the USDA Department of Defense (DoD) Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. Topics covered include: program allocations, adding new schools to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Order Receipt System (FFAVORS), receipting orders in FFAVORS, and managing School Food Authority (SFA) expectations. This webinar is intended for FNS regional office and State Distributing Agency staff who manage USDA Foods in Schools programs.

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
USDA DoD Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

The USDA Department of Defense Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program allows schools and Indian Tribal Organizations to buy fresh produce. The program is operated by the Defense Logistics Agency at the Department of Defense. 

Resource | Success Stories
USDA Foods in Schools Photo Contest

Each year we ask child nutrition professionals to inspire other foodservice professionals and submit a picture of your most creative meal utilizing USDA Foods.  With more than 200 USDA Foods items available, we want to highlight each food group and the innovative ways in which they can be used.

Resource | Webinars/Videos
The Processing Rule Webinar: A General Overview

This webinar will help you better understand changes to the new USDA Foods processing regulations. USDA staff will review highlights and answer questions.