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USDA Foods Processing Program

Information regarding processing United States Department of Agriculture foods into more usable end products.

Processing Information

Processing allows schools to send United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foods to processors who have been approved by the state or the USDA. Processors must meet specific requirements and are regularly reviewed by the state or the USDA.

Processors are required to have an approved agreement on file in order to participate in the program. The agreement end product data schedules, a list of end products available, and nutrition and labeling information.

Processing allows agencies to better utilize USDA Foods by converting them into more convenient and usable items. Processing often makes the most efficient use of USDA Foods by reducing waste, stabilizing food costs through portion control, providing a variety of food choices, and increasing food safety.

2015–16 USDA Foods Processors’ Consultant Assignments

2015–16 Approved Processor Listing (XLS)
Processors approved to process USDA Foods.

2014–15 Approved Distributor Listing (XLS; Jan-2015)
Distributors approved to deliver USDA Foods on a processor's behalf.

FDP General Information Sheets
Information to assist processors with program compliance.

Management Bulletins
Food Distribution Program management bulletins organized by calendar year.

Processor Guidance for Further Processing of USDA Foods External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
Food Distribution Program Processing Guidance from the American Commodity Distribution Association.

USDA Foods Processing Information External link opens in new window or tab.
Information on processing USDA Foods

Questions:   Food Distribution Program | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Monday, September 14, 2015

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