Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2012-0066
Substitution and Valuation of USDA Cheese

In November 2005, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) issued Policy Memorandum FD-049 to assist school food authorities (SFAs) in providing healthier options and a wider variety of cheese products for students. The policy memorandum permits processors to substitute cheese donated by the Department of Agriculture (i.e., USDA cheese) with other varieties of cheese produced for the commercial market.

FD-049
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2012-0065
Approval of End Products and Monitoring of End Product Sales

The purpose of this policy memorandum is to clarify a state distributing agency's (SDA) responsibilities regarding (1) the approval of end products for processing; and (2) monitoring of sales of such end products to school food authorities (SF A) in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) by reviewing a processor's monthly performance report.

FD-127
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-2012-0036
Substitution of Donated Foods in Advance of Purchase and Negative Inventories

In accordance with 7 CFR 250.30(1), a processor may. in most cases, substitute Department of Agriculture (USDA) donated foods with commercially purchased foods of U.S. origin, and of equal or better quality in all USDA purchase specifications than the donated food. The substitution option permits processors to conduct their business efficiently and provide finished end products to school food authorities (SFAs) and other recipient agencies in a timely manner.

FD-122
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2012-0013
Soliciting Bids from Commercial Distributors for End Products

In this policy memorandum, we clarify that the SFA may, in some cases, include bids for procurement of end products in its solicitation for procurement of commercial food products from commercial distributors, rather than conduct two separate solicitations. This policy memorandum also clarifies the requirements, and the parties responsible for ensuring compliance with requirements, in exercising such option.

FD-119
Resource | Legislation
Section 32 of PL 320 and Related Laws

[As Amended Through PL 110–246, Effective May 22, 2008] 
   PART A—General
   PART B—Purposes of Commodity Distributions
   PART C—Specific Commodities

PL 320
Resource | Guidance Documents | FNS-GD-2005-0051
FNS 113-1: Civil Rights Compliance and Enforcement

The purpose of this Instruction is to establish and convey policy and provide guidance and direction to the USDA Food and Nutrition Service and its recipients and customers, and ensure compliance with and enforcement of the prohibition against discrimination in all FNS nutrition programs and activities, whether federally funded in whole or not. 

FNS Instruction 113-1
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2005-0011
Reminder about Storage and Handling of Dried Fruits, Fruit/Nut Trail Mix, Grains and Grain Products

FDD has received several complaints recently about dried fruit and grain products that became infested in storage. Therefore, it is imperative that dried fruit and grain products are distributed to the end user as soon as possible after receipt from the vendor to avoid problems with infestation.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2005-0007
Direct Certification and Direct Verification for National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs

The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 allows children to be certified as eligible for free meals under the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) based on participation in other programs authorized under the Food Stamp Act of 1977, as amended. No further application by the child’s household is necessary.

FD-045
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2005-0003
Commodity Inventory Reduction at Further Processors

This memo has been superseded by the July 16, 2021 memo, FD-40: Inventory Drawdown in USDA Foods Processing (Revised)

This policy memo addresses commodity book inventory reduction at further processors. 

FD-040: State Processing