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About Schools/CN USDA Foods Programs

Last Published: 01/21/2014

This page provides a summary of the benefits and services offered to those eligible to participate in the Child Nutrition USDA Foods Programs, which include the following: 

The Food Distribution Division of USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) coordinates the distribution of USDA Foods to many of the public and private schools that provide meals to students. These programs support American agricultural producers by providing cash reimbursements for meals served in schools and other child nutrition institutions

Currently, USDA does not provide foods through the School Breakfast Program. Also, donated USDA foods must be of domestic origin, and nearly 60 percent of the foods purchased for the Child Nutrition Programs must be determined by the Department to be in surplus at the time of purchase.