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 | 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 | FD-119
Soliciting Bids from Commercial Distributors for End Products

The procurement of goods and services in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) must be conducted in a manner that ensures free and open competition, in accordance with Federal regulations under 7 CFR Part 3016 or 7 CFR Part 3019, as applicable, and must also comply with procurement requirements in 7 CFR 210.21. This is true for procurement of both commercial food products and end products produced through the further processing of USDA donated foods (hereinafter referred to as "end products"). In most cases, school food authorities (SFAs) solicit bids for procurement of commercial food products from commercial distributors and, in a separate solicitation, solicit bids for procurement of end products from processors, even when identical food products are sold commercially through distributors. In this policy memorandum, we clarify that the SFA may, in some cases, include bids for procurement of end products in its solicitation for procurement of commercial food products from commercial distributors, rather than conduct two separate solicitations. This policy memorandum also clarifies the requirements, and the parties responsible for ensuring compliance with requirements, in exercising such option. Although the memorandum focuses on SFA procurements in NSLP, it is also applicable to procurements conducted by recipient agencies in other child nutrition programs. 

Resource | Policy Memos | FD-061
Inbound Cheese to Further Processors (Revised)

This policy memorandum revises the original FD-061.