Resource | Product Information
USDA Foods Expected to be Available

This page contains links to USDA Foods that are available or expected to be made available to participants in each of the Food Distribution 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 | Policy Memos | FNS Instruction 709-5
Shipment and Receipt of USDA Foods (FNS Instruction 709-5)

This instruction establishes the general standards and procedures that the state distributing agency (SDA), Indian Tribal Organization (ITO), or other consignee must follow in receiving shipments of USDA Foods, and conveys established responsibilities for other entities such as USDA Foods vendors and carriers.

Resource | Webinars/Videos
Disaster Preparedness: The Role of USDA Foods in Disasters

In this webinar, we discuss what actions you can take and the resources available to be better prepared for a disaster when utilizing USDA Foods.

Resource | Webinars/Videos
Demystifying the USDA Foods Complaints Process Part 3: Results and Resolution

This webinar is Part 3 of our webinar series “Demystifying USDA Food Complaints.” It focuses on results and resolution in the USDA Foods complaint process for USDA Foods in schools. The USDA Foods Complaint Team, as represented by Tony Wilkins, presents different scenarios as USDA Foods are transported from the vendor to their final destination, school kitchens. The intended audience is individuals involved with the National School Lunch Program: SFAs and all Distributing Agencies and Recipient Agencies, including SDAs as well as schools and warehouses.

Resource | Regulations
PART 250—Donation of Foods for Use in the United States, Its Territories and Possessions and Areas Under Its Jurisdiction

The Department purchases foods and donates them to State distributing agencies for further distribution and use in food assistance programs, or to provide assistance to eligible persons.

Resource | Webinars/Videos
USDA DoD Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program: The Basics for Schools

In this webinar, “The Basics,” Blair Tucker-Gruchala of the Food Distribution Division outlines the history of USDA DoD Fresh, how the program operates, the advantages of the program, and how to file a USDA DoD Fresh complaint.

Resource | Research | Assessing/Improving Operations
State of Origin for USDA Foods in Fiscal Year 2015

This report analyzes State-of-origin data for fiscal year (FY) 2015, which captures the States where USDA purchased food. In FY 2015, USDA purchased over 2 billion pounds of food, at a cost of nearly $2 billion. This included both raw food products such as meats, vegetables, and fruits; products used as ingredients in further processed foods; as well as finished food products like cereal, crackers, and pasta. This report analyzes State-of-origin data for fiscal year (FY) 2015, which captures the States where USDA purchased food. In FY 2015, USDA purchased over 2 billion pounds of food, at a cost of nearly $2 billion. This included both raw food products such as meats, vegetables, and fruits; products used as ingredients in further processed foods; as well as finished food products like cereal, crackers, and pasta.

Resource | Webinars/Videos
Demystifying USDA Foods Complaints: Part 2 – The Saga Continues

In this webinar for State Distributing Agencies and Recipient Agencies, Tony Wilkins of the Food Distribution Division reviews best practices for using WBSCM in resolving complaints, provides analysis of USDA Foods complaint trends, shares 2016 complaint successes, and discusses what’s in the complaint pipeline.

Resource | Policy Memos | FD-104
Value of USDA Donated Foods for Audits

The purpose of this policy memorandum is to clarify the options available to state distributing agencies or recipient agencies in assigning value to USDA donated foods for audit purposes.