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 | Policy Memos | FD-147
Policy Cancellation Memorandum

In order to update and streamline policy guidance for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), the Nutrition Services Incentive Program (NSIP), the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), the Food and Nutrition Service (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 The guidance provided by these memoranda are either outdated, obsolete, or otherwise captured in more current memoranda.

Resource | Handbooks
FNS Handbook 501 for FDPIR

The FNS Handbook 501 provides Indian Tribal Organizations (ITOs) 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 | Research, Analysis & Background | General/Other
State of Origin for USDA Foods

The State of Origin data report for each fiscal year includes information on states where USDA purchased foods in that year. Learn where your USDA Foods are likely to come from, and what the top food is in your state!

Resource | Handbooks
FDPIR Monthly Distribution Guide Rates By Household Size

FDPIR Monthly Distribution Guide Rates By Household Size, Effective December 1, 2019 (FNS Handbook 501, Exhibit O)

Resource | Notices
Request for Information: Self-Determination Demonstration Project for Tribes that Administer FDPIR

This is a Request for Information to help the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (the Secretary or USDA) develop the additional criteria, as authorized in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, for a self-determination demonstration project related to the purchase of agricultural commodities for the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR). USDA requests feedback from Indian Tribal Organizations (ITOs) and state agencies that administer FDPIR, Tribal leaders and representatives, and Tribal associations.

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

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Department of Defense (DoD) Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program allows schools to use USDA Foods entitlement dollars to buy fresh produce. The program is operated by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) at the Department of Defense. In school year (SY) 1994-1995, the program began as a pilot in eight states; $3.2 million of produce was delivered to schools. Today, schools in 48 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam participate in the program. USDA DoD Fresh allocations may be changed throughout the year and USDA does not impose a cap on the amount of entitlement used through this program.

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Integrated Food Management System (IFMS)

The Integrated Food Management system (IFMS) includes the replacement of the Automated Inventory System (AIS) used in the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR). Long range plans include combining the functions of the food ordering systems Web Based Supply Chain Management (WBSCM) and Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Order Receipt System (FFAVORS).

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
FNS-WBSCM Data Information

Data structures and elements, definitions, and examples of upload and download files are provided for the fulfillment functions within Web Based Supply Chain Management (WBSCM).

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.