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.
FDP General Information Sheets
Information to assist processors with program compliance.
Food Distribution Program management bulletins organized by calendar year.
Processor Guidance for Further Processing of USDA Foods
Food Distribution Program Processing Guidance from the American Commodity Distribution Association.
USDA Foods Processing Information
Information on processing USDA Foods