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)
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 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.
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.
Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).