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Food Distribution

Information about U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foods, Department of Defense (DOD) fresh produce, distribution centers, and processing of USDA Foods.

General Information

Nutrion Services Division personnel review and approve the application known as the Agreement for Distribution of Donated Food; conduct onsite reviews of food processing companies; provide training, workshops, and technical assistance to sponsors; monitor and ensure compliance with program regulations; and order from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Distribution Programs External link opens in new window or tab. all USDA Foods for California programs. They are also responsible for offering and distributing those USDA Foods to local agencies; and for management of warehousing and invoicing recipient agencies for shipping and handling costs.

Programs | Forms & Guidance | Related Links

Programs

USDA Foods Processing Program

Information regarding processing USDA Foods into more usable end products.

USDA Foods Program Information
Information regarding USDA Foods for participants on the National School Lunch and Summer Food Programs.

Commodity Supplemental Food Program

Information regarding USDA Foods that are available to eligible women, infants, children, and senior citizens.

DOD Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program

Information regarding Department of Defense fresh produce available to participants in the National School Lunch Program.


Distribution Centers

Information regarding the Pomona and Sacramento state-operated distribution centers.

Forms and Guidance

USDA Foods Forms
Forms and sample forms for use by USDA Foods recipients.

Guidance, Manuals, and Resources
Resources and information regarding the USDA Food Distribution Program requirements and operations.

Food Hold and Recall Resources
Information and guidance regarding holds and recalls of USDA Foods and commercially purchased foods, and food safety information.

Food Distribution Program E-mail List

If you would like to receive information related to the Food Distribution Program including newsletters, food alerts, and training opportunities, subscribe to the Food Distribution Program e-mail list by sending a "blank" message to join-fd-web@mlist.cde.ca.gov.

If you would like to unsubscribe from the Food Distribution Program e-mail list, send a "blank" message to unsubscribe-fd-web@mlist.cde.ca.gov.

Related Links

USDA Foods in the National School Lunch Program White Paper External link opens in new window or tab.
An overview of how USDA Foods are provided to the National School Lunch Program.

USDA Foods Expected to be Available List External link opens in new window or tab.
A list of food available or expected to be available by USDA to participants in the School and Child Nutrition Programs.

USDA Foods Pricing Information External link opens in new window or tab.
USDA's estimated Fair Market Values (FMV) for current and prior years. FMVs are updated every year on November 15.

California Department of Public Health Food Recalls External link opens in new window or tab.
Information regarding food recalls, retail distribution lists, and links to other food recall information.

Government Recalls External link opens in new window or tab.
Online resource for recalls and food safety information.

USDA Foods Fact Sheets External link opens in new window or tab.
USDA Foods fact sheets developed for food expected to be available for schools and institutions participating in the National School Lunch Program.

USDA Recipes for Schools External link opens in new window or tab.
Quantity recipes for school food service. Recipes have been standardized, edited for consistency, and updated with Critical Control Point information.

Recipes for School Nutrition Programs External link opens in new window or tab.
Find quantity recipes featuring fruits, vegetables, and whole grains that kids will love to see on the menu!

USDA Food and Nutrition Service Newsroom External link opens in new window or tab.
Current news and information from USDA Food and Nutrition Service.

American Commodity Distribution Association External link opens in new window or tab.
A resource for USDA Foods information for recipient agencies, processors, and government agencies.

Outside Links for Food Service Personnel and Educators
Links and reliable resources related to increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables in schools.

Questions:   Food Distribution Program | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, March 1, 2016
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