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.
- About USDA DOD Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program - history of the program and information about current operations
- Using USDA DoD Fresh for Local Produce Purchases – USDA Office of Community Food Systems fact sheet
- USDA DoD Fresh Contract Information - information on all current market fresh DLA solicitations and contracts that provide service to schools and Indian Tribal Organizations
- USDA DoD Fresh Who to Contact? - information on who to contact and when for all USDA DoD Fresh related information
- USDA DoD Fresh DLA Service Representatives - regional and state contact information
- FFAVORS - the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Order Receipt System is the web based ordering application used by the USDA DoD Fresh program
- Seasonal Produce Chart- summary chart showing typical availability of seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables in FDPIR