Food Distribution Program
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Child Nutrition

Food Distribution Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Distribution or “USDA Foods” Program provides foods such as protein foods, fruit and vegetables, poultry and eggs, nuts, grains, oils and cheese to eligible Local Education Agencies (LEAs). Public and private schools, Residential Child Care Institutions (RCCIs), and approved state agencies that participate in the National School Lunch Program are eligible to receive foods purchased by USDA. Sponsors participating in the Simplified Summer Food Program (SSFP) may also receive USDA foods as well as some Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) institutions.

Advisory Council
The USDA Foods Advisory Council serves to assist the State Agency in decisions regarding USDA Foods. Council members help provide feedback and guidance for the state agency.

Entitlement Amounts
Entitlement amounts are based on LEAs Total Lunches Served (TLS) from the previous school year. The Planned Assistance Level (PAL) for SY 2015-16 is $0.2375 plus a 12% provision of $.0750 for a total rate of $.3125. SSFP sponsors receive entitlement based on 1.5 cents per meal served the previous summer and CACFP sponsors receive cash in lieu for USDA foods.

Food Distribution Resources

Food Safety – Holds/Recalls

Forms and Instructions

DoD (Department of Defense) Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
The DoD Fresh Fruit and Vegetable program is an optional way to use entitlement funds. Dollars allocated can be used to purchase domestically grown fresh fruits and vegetables.

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will continue to offer the option of ordering fresh U.S. grown produce through the DoD’s prime vendor which remains Pacific Coast Produce.

Ordering Information

Processed USDA Foods by the State

Program Updates


In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; fax: (202) 690-7442; or email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Food Distribution

Fax 360-664-0570

Jim Hemmen, 360-725-6209

Debbie Stevens, 360-725-6204
Administrative Support

Roen Esmond, 360-725-6215
Orders, Surveys, Entitlement, Billing

Wally Kopel, 360-725-6185

Sue Eckroth, 360-725-6216
Warehouse Coordination, USDA contact


Old Capitol Building, PO Box 47200, 600 Washington St. S.E., Olympia, WA  98504-7200  360-725-6000  TTY 360-664-3631
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