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 general e-letter and a trio of program-specific e-letters: “Spotlight on Schools” for USDA Foods in the National School Lunch Program and other child nutrition programs, “Household Highlights” for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program and The Emergency Food Assistance Program, and “FDPIR Connection” for the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations. 

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

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) 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 48 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam participate in the program. USDA 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.

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
FNS-WBSCM Data Information

Data structures and elements, definitions, and examples of upload and download files are provided for the fulfillment functions within Web Based Supply Chain Management (WBSCM).

Resource | Product Information
USDA Foods Expected to be Available

This page contains links to USDA Foods that are available or expected to be made available to participants in each of the food distribution programs.

Resource | Webinars/Videos
Refresher on FNS Instruction 709-5: Shipment and Receipt of USDA Foods

This webinar provides USDA Foods recipients, USDA FNS regional offices, and state agencies a refresher on the FNS Instruction 709-5: Shipment and Receipt of USDA Foods. The webinar highlights the five key areas involved with the shipment and receipt of USDA Foods: arranging shipment and delivery, guidance on inspecting the shipment, accepting and receipting the shipment, unloading the shipment, and disposition and replacement of USDA Foods. In addition, E-invoicing in WBSCM and filing complaints is covered.

Resource | Instructions | FNS Instruction 709-5
Shipment and Receipt of USDA Foods (FNS Instruction 709-5)

This instruction establishes the general standards and procedures that the state distributing agency (SDA), Indian Tribal Organization (ITO), or other consignee must follow in receiving shipments of USDA Foods, and conveys established responsibilities for other entities such as USDA Foods vendors and carriers.

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
USDA Business Management Improvement

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service and Food and Nutrition Service are co-sponsoring a project to review and re-design business processes for the domestic nutrition assistance programs to better support the needs of our internal and external stakeholders. The project began in October 2015. During the first part of the Business Management Improvement (BMI) stakeholders reviewed the end-to-end processes that support ordering, procurement, delivery, inventory management and payments for USDA Foods. The BMI project team identified several process areas for improvement and is exploring ways to pilot, evaluate, and implement these changes.

Resource | Webinars/Videos
Disaster Preparedness: The Role of USDA Foods in Disasters

In this webinar, we discuss what actions you can take and the resources available to be better prepared for a disaster when utilizing USDA Foods.

Resource | Webinars/Videos
Applying the USDA Foods Complaint Process

Andre Orange and Tony Wilkins of the FNS Food Distribution Division share real-life examples of USDA Foods complaints as they provide helpful tips on how to handle and prevent these scenarios.

Resource | Infographics
USDA Foods Farmers-Families

USDA distributes USDA Foods to food banks, soup kitchens, disaster feeding organizations, Indian Tribal Organizations, charitable institutions and other feeding organizations, helping families stretch their food budgets and ensuring that all Americans have healthy foods within reach.