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The USDA Foods in Schools program supports domestic nutrition programs and American agricultural producers through purchases of 100% American-grown and -produced foods for use by schools and institutions participating in the following nutrition programs:

USDA Foods Programs

USDA Foods are available to child nutrition programs in three ways: direct delivery, USDA Foods processing, and the USDA DoD Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. In addition, USDA is currently operating a pilot project for procurement of unprocessed fruits and vegetables. The following resources provide more information on the foods available and the methods of distribution:

USDA Foods in Schools Products

USDA Foods in Your State

FNS provides states with a catalog of product offerings each school year. States place orders based on local school district input, or allow the districts to place orders for available products directly into USDA’s online food ordering system. If your school or program site is interested in a product on the USDA foods available list that you are not currently receiving through your state, please contact your state agency to express your interest in additional options.

If you have suggestions for additional products you would like to see offered through USDA Foods, please send your ideas to New products must meet the criteria outlined in the following resource:

Page updated: June 12, 2024