Resource | Product Information
Processor Material Prices

The November material prices are listed by school year and used by processors participating in the Food Distribution National and State Processing Programs.

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.

Resource | Regulations
PART 252—National Commodity Processing Program

Part 252 provides a program whereby the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and private processors of food may enter into agreements under which the processor will process and distribute designated donated food to eligible recipient agencies.

Resource | Proposed Rule
Proposed Rule: Revisions and Clarifications in Requirements for the Processing of Donated Foods

This rule proposes to revise and clarify requirements for the processing of donated foods in order to: Incorporate successful processing options tested in demonstration projects, ensure accountability for donated foods provided for processing, and increase program efficiency.

Resource | Policy Memos | FD-104
Signature Block Removal from Summary End Product Data Schedules

The purpose of this policy memorandum is to clarify state distributing agency (SDA) requirements related to approval of end product data schedules (EPDS) and summary end product data schedules (SEPDS) and provide an explanation for the removal of signature blocks from the SEPDS A and B templates.

Resource | Webinars/Videos
USDA Foods Processing Agreements

This webinar provides an overview of minimum requirements from the federal perspective and discusses roles and responsibilities.

Resource | Policy Memos | FD-136
Cancellation of Policy Memorandum FD-085, Nonfat Dry Milk Processing

Policy Memorandum FD-085, Nonfat Dry Milk Processing (dated March 27, 2009) is cancelled.  

Resource | Policy Memos | FD-134
Minimum Inventory Protection Requirements for Processors Participating in the National Processing Program

FNS is committed to rigorous oversight and controls over USDA Foods processing to ensure that State agencies and school food authorities (SF As) receive the full benefit of the USDA Foods entitled to them, consistent with 7 CFR Part 250. As such, the National Processing Agreement requires that participating processors must furnish to USDA inventory protection in the form of a surety bond, an irrevocable letter of credit, or an escrow account in order to guarantee that the processor will account for, return, or pay for all of the USDA Foods received or carried forward, either as physical or book inventory. The purpose of this memorandum is to inform processors of minimum inventory protection requirements effective beginning in School Year 2014-2015.

Resource | Policy Memos
Substitution of USDA Beef and Pork

In this policy memorandum, the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), in coordination with the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), is conducting a demonstration project in which processors operating an approved Processor Control Certification Program (PCCP) plan are permitted to submit a substitution plan that, if approved, would provide for substitution of USDA beef and pork with commercial beef and pork of U.S. origin, and of equal or better quality in all USDA purchase specifications that the USDA beef and pork.

Resource | Policy Memos | FD-049
Substitution and Valuation of USDA Cheese

In November 2005, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) issued Policy Memorandum FD-049 to assist school food authorities (SFAs) in providing healthier options and a wider variety of cheese products for students. The policy memorandum permits processors to substitute cheese donated by the Department of Agriculture (i.e., USDA cheese) with other varieties of cheese produced for the commercial market. The policy memorandum also allows processors to commingle USDA cheese varieties eligible for substitution into a single book inventory for each State agency, and establishes a single value for all such varieties, based on the 33-month average price for cheese from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.