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Guidance in Crediting for and Use of Donated Foods in Contracts with Food Service Management Companies

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DATE: September 24, 2009
SUBJECT: Guidance in Crediting for, and Use of, Donated Foods in Contracts with Food Service Management Companies
TO: Regional Directors
Child Nutrition Programs
All Regions
State Directors
All States

The attached memorandum is a revision of food distribution’s policy memo FD-080, which includes a more comprehensive and clearer guidance in crediting for, and use of, donated foods in contracts with food service management companies. The most significant changes to the memo include:

  • Under the section, “Crediting for the Value of Donated Foods,” new subsections that include new or revised Q&As on such crediting in processed end products, and in cost-reimbursable contracts.
  • An expansion of the section, “FSMCs and Processors,” including additional Q&As to address requirements for the use of, and crediting for, donated foods for school food authorities that have contracts or agreements with both types of commercial enterprises.
  • The addition or revision of the following Q&As: Q20, Q21, Q22, Q23, and Q33.

As in the past, please share this information with your school food authorities.

Cynthia Long
Child Nutrition Programs


Page updated: December 19, 2022

The contents of this guidance document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.