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 | Policy Memos | FD-144, SP04 SFSP01 CACFP04-2018
Market Basket Analysis when Procuring Program Goods and Modifying Contracted-For Product Lists

This memorandum provides guidance to state distributing agencies and recipient agencies on the use of market basket analysis in procuring processed end products for USDA Foods in Schools and commercial goods for the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Summer Food Service Program, and Child and Adult Care Food Program. 

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 | Policy Memos | FD-137
Alternative Value Pass-Through System Pilot Project under the Department of Defense Fresh (DoD Fresh) Program

The revised policy memo requires supplemental reporting from processors and requires State verification of credits provided by the processor to the SFA. Processors wishing to continue participation in the pilot will have to sign the attached revised NPA amendment to extend their
participation in the pilot.

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 | FD-133
School Food Authorities Purchasing Produce from Department of Defense Vendors using Section 4 and 11 FFVP Funds

This memorandum clarifies how School Food Authorities (SFAs) may use funds provided under Sections 4 and 11 or 19 of the National School Lunch Act (NSLA), 42 U.S.C. 1751, to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from DoD Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (DoD Fresh) vendors.

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-129
USDA Foods Bone-in-Chicken Products

USDA Food and Nutrition Service policy memo SP 26-2013, "Extending Flexibility in the Meat/Meat Alternate and Grains Maximums for School Year 2013-14" extends the flexibility regarding Meat/meat Alternate (M/MA) maximums for SY 2013-13, allowing State agencies to assess compliance based on the minimum daily and weekly serving requirements only.  

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.