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USDA Foods Eligibility Requirements

Last Modified: 11/14/2013

This page will provide a summary of the eligibility requirements for State USDA Food Processing Agencies and recipient agencies such as school districts that are interested in participating in Commodity Processing.

  • Participant Eligibility Requirements. Any SDA or recipient agency, such as school districts participating in the National School Lunch Program is eligible to enter into State or National Processing Agreements (NPA) for the acquisition and delivery of table-ready end products purchased from approved commercial food processors.
  • How to Apply 

-- State Processing Agreements. These type of agreements are approved at the state level and are negotiated between the SDA and commercial food processors. For links to SDA contacts that administer Food Distribution Programs, click here

-- National Processing Agreement (NPA). These type of agreements are approved by USDA at the national level and are negotiated between the FNS/Food Distribution Headquarters staff and commercial food processors. For further assistance on how to participate in NPA, please contact the.

To view a fact sheet and frequently asked questions about how this program works, click here.