Resource | Webinars/Videos
COVID-19 Guidance for Managing USDA Foods Inventories in SY 2020-2021

This webinar provides guidance on flexibilities available to help you manage USDA Foods in Schools during these unprecedented times due to COVID-19. Topics include information on USDA Foods direct delivered products, USDA Department of Defense (DoD) Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, and the National Processing Program. We cover some actions you can take to assist with utilization of USDA Foods inventories and minimize food loss. This webinar is intended for State Distributing Agency and FNS Regional Office staff who manage USDA Foods in Schools programs.

Resource | Webinars/Videos
It's a New School Year: What's Happening with USDA Foods in Schools

This webinar highlights recent updates and provides guidance on managing USDA Foods in Schools, including information on the USDA Department of Defense (DoD) Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program and National Processing Program. We cover updates on allocating funds and adding new sites to USDA DoD Fresh, monitoring USDA Foods inventories, and details on SY 2020-2021 entitlement calculations, including the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Opt-In Waiver for School Year 2020- 2021 National School Lunch Program USDA Foods Entitlement Calculations.

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
USDA DoD Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

The USDA Department of Defense 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. 

Resource | Webinars/Videos
Using USDA DoD Fresh in the Summer Foodservice Program

This webinar is for states who are currently using, or are interested in applying for, the USDA DoD Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). We share tools and best practices to assist state agencies, SFSP sponsors, and SFSP sites in using their resources to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to SFSP participants during the summer months.  

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
USDA Foods in Schools Ordering Schedule

USDA Foods in Schools ordering schedule for school year 2021. 

Resource | Fact Sheets
USDA Foods in Schools Fact Sheet

The USDA’s schools/child nutrition USDA Foods programs support domestic nutrition programs and American agricultural producers through purchases of domestic agricultural products for use in schools and institutions. Nutritious USDA-purchased food is provided to the following child nutrition programs: The National School Lunch Program, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, and the Summer Food Service Program.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2012-0062
Offering School Food Authorities the Required Value and Variety of USDA Foods, and Efficient and Cost-Effective Distribution

The purpose of this policy memorandum is to provide direction and guidance to State Distributing Agencies (SDAs) in order to ensure compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements, and to make certain that all school food authorities (SFAs) receive their planned assistance level and maximize their use of USDA Foods to meet the nutrition standards in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).

FD-125
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2011-0007
Guidance in Crediting for, and Use of Donated Foods in Contracts with Food Service Management Companies

The purpose of this policy memorandum is to provide guidance in ensuring compliance with requirements in Subpart D of 7 CFR Part 250 with respect to crediting for, and use of donated foods in contracts with food service management companies (FSMCs).

FD-080
Resource | Guidance Documents | FNS-GD-2010-0049
Claims For Losses of Donated Foods and Related Administrative Losses - Procedures for the State Distributing Agency

The purpose of this instruction is to establish the general standards and procedures that the state distributing agency must follow in order to ensure that restitution is made for the loss of donated foods, or for the loss or improper use of funds provided for, or accruing from, the distribution of donated foods.

FNS Instruction 410-1 Rev. 2
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2010-0001
School Food Authorities Acting as a Collective Unit in the Control and Use of Donated Foods (Revised)

This memorandum clarifies the requirements and options for School Food Authorities (SFAs) acting as a collective unit (including school co-ops or consortia) in performing activities relating to donated foods. It also clarifies the requirements for the distributing agency with respect to such SFAs.

FD-067, SP 15-2010