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Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance

USDA DoD Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

The USDA DoD Fresh program allows schools and ITOs to buy fresh produce. The program is operated by the Defense Logistics Agency at DoD. 

Resource | Newsletters

USDA Foods e-Letters

USDA Foods from Farm to Plate e-letters feature resources, news, and best practices, rotating our monthly focus between a trio of program-specific e-letters.

Resource | Fact Sheets

USDA Foods: A Resource for Maximizing Food Budgets To Buy Local

This factsheet explains how USDA Foods support the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the school meal pattern requirements to make it easier for schools to prepare healthy meals using local foods.

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Resource | Fact Sheets

USDA DoD Fresh Program: A Source for Locally Grown Produce

This fact sheet provides information on how to use USDA DoD Fresh to purchase local produce.

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Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance

USDA Foods Database

This initiative introduces new reporting requirements for USDA vendors regarding reporting of nutrition, allergen, and ingredient information for USDA Foods in Schools.  

Resource | Newsletters

IFMS NewsWatch

IFMS NewsWatch e-Letters provide monthly updates about the Integrated Food Management System, including recent transition activities, ongoing development, user resources, and tips for new users to prepare for IFMS.

Resource | Toolkits

USDA Foods Toolkit for Child Nutrition Programs

The USDA Foods Toolkit is a collection of valuable resources to assist child nutrition professionals in effectively using their USDA Food entitlement and to help them educate students, staff, and the community about the healthy contributions that USDA Foods provide to their meal programs.

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance

Nutrition in the CSFP Food Package

This one-page factsheet highlights the nutrition benefits of USDA Foods contained in the CSFP food package. 

Resource | Webinars/Videos

TEFAP Farm to Food Bank Projects

This webinar provides TEFAP state agencies with information on the Farm to Food Bank Project funding processes for Fiscal Year 2020.  The webinar addresses where Farm to Food Bank Project requirements are found in legislation, regulations, and policy memoranda; outlines the process for amending a TEFAP state plan in order to receive funding; and summarizes state-level responsibilities related to obligating and reporting on any funding received. Viewers will take away a better understanding of the Farm to Food Bank Project process.

Resource | Success Stories

USDA Foods in Schools Photo Contest

Each year we ask child nutrition professionals to inspire other foodservice professionals and submit a picture of your most creative meal utilizing USDA Foods.  With more than 200 USDA Foods items available, we want to highlight each food group and the innovative ways in which they can be used.