DoD Fresh Fruit & Vegetable ProgramInformation regarding Department of Defense fresh produce available to participants of the National School Lunch Program.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a contract with the Department of Defense (DoD), Defense Supply Office (DSO) to provide fresh produce to recipient agencies. The Department of Defense Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Project is a service that allows agencies to use a portion of their entitlement money to order fresh fruits and vegetables.
Warehouse agencies order selected seasonal DoD produce through the allocation process. Agencies are charged a service and handling fee for every case of produce delivered through the State Distribution Center.
State Co-op members order and receive produce directly from the DoD as needed and a $0.10 administrative fee is assessed by the State for each case of produce delivered. In instances where the DoD cannot provide direct delivery, State Co-op members order selected seasonal DoD produce through the pre-planner. Members are charged a service and handling fee of $2.60 for each case of produce delivered through the State Distribution Center.
Private Co-ops and direct ship agencies order domestically grown fresh fruits and vegetables directly from the DoD as needed. A private distributor delivers DoD produce to each agency. A $0.10 administrative fee is assessed by the State for each case of produce delivered.
USDA DoD Program Information
Information on the DoD Program from the USDA.
Best Practices for Handling Fresh Produce in Schools
Handout for handling fresh fruits and vegetables.
For Direct Ship and Private Co-ops Agencies
For North State Co-op Agencies
For South State Co-op Agencies
For Warehouse Agencies
California Defense Supply Office Customer Service