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 (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 46 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam participate in the program. 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.
- About DOD Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program - History of the program and information about current operations.
- Using DoD Fresh for Local Produce Purchases – USDA Farm to School Fact Sheet
- Farm to school state contacts - Farm to school contact for each state.
- DoD Fresh Contract Information - Information on all current DLA contracts that service schools as well as the timing for the contracts and the DLA contact responsible for the contract.
- DoD Fresh DLA Service Representatives - Regional and state contact information.
- FFAVORS Web - The web-based Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Order/Receipt System is the ordering mechanism for the DoD Fresh program.