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USDA DoD Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

The USDA Department of Defense (DoD) Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (USDA DoD Fresh) allows schools to use USDA Foods entitlement dollars to buy fresh produce. USDA DoD Fresh operates through a partnership between the USDA and the DoD Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), as well as the state distributing agencies in each participating state.

Schools in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam participate in USDA DoD Fresh. USDA does not impose a cap on the amount of USDA Foods entitlement used through this program and allocations may be changed on several dates throughout the year.

The Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) also uses the USDA DoD Fresh Program to add fresh fruits and vegetables to the monthly FDPIR food package. For a full list of fruits and vegetables available to the FDPIR program, please refer to the FNS Handbook 501 Exhibit O Guide Rate.

Page updated: June 12, 2024