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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | Webinars/Videos
USDA Foods Order Management and Monitoring, Part 2

This  webinar for States and Processors recaps sales order receipting and the impact on the monthly performance report (MPR) as well as present information on inventory reconciliation at the national level and bond monitoring, covering the processor’s responsibility to monitor and to manage inbound orders and transfers, and providing an overview of State responsibilities and sweep procedures and tools for State reconciliation of MPRs. 

Resource | Webinars/Videos
USDA Foods Order Management and Monitoring, Part 1

This webinar shares an array of information on the catalog and schedules, ship-to process, order review and monitoring, order changes and communication, and order receiving and receipting.

Resource | Webinars/Videos
USDA Foods Processing Agreements

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