DoD Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

Last Published: 02/25/2016

The 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 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 46 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam participate in the program, with more than $100 million in anticipated purchases during SY 2012-2013. 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.