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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.

The Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) also uses the USDA DoD Fresh Program to add fresh fruits and vegetables to the monthly FDPIR food package. For a full list of fruits and vegetables available to the FDPIR program, please refer to the FNS Handbook 501 Exhibit O Guide Rate.