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USDA Foods Database

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The USDA Foods Database is available for state agencies and school districts to access up-to-date, vendor-specific nutrition, allergen and ingredient information for direct delivered USDA Foods for child nutrition programs.

Providing this information to National School Lunch Program participants is a requirement in the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act and is currently fulfilled through USDA Foods product information sheets. FNS is leveraging an existing partnership with the Agricultural Research Service Branded Foods Database to use the GS1 Global Data Synchronization Network TM (GS1 GDSN) to collect vendor-specific product information.

The USDA Foods Database will inform the ordering decisions of FNS stakeholders and will help them manage menu planning, meet USDA meal pattern requirements and nutrition standards and provide safe meals for students with food allergies and other special dietary needs.

Access the USDA Foods Database

The USDA Foods Database is a non-editable Excel spreadsheet that allows users to search for USDA Foods by their 6-digit unique material code. The spreadsheet must be downloaded and saved in order to use. Use the instructions below to learn how to navigate the USDA Foods Database.

USDA Foods vendors are not required to report product information until 20 days after they are awarded a contract for applicable products. Vendors may voluntarily report product information prior to being awarded but are not required. Because contracts are awarded throughout the year, certain products and/or vendors may not be found in the USDA Foods Database at this time. Check out the List of Required Products for the USDA Food Database below to learn which USDA Foods products are currently found in the USDA Foods Database.


Key Resources for State Agencies and School Districts
Updated: 01/13/2023