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FDP: Avenues of Participation

The Food Distribution Program (FDP) Avenues of Participation online training.

Course Description

There are three different ways to receive U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foods in California: (1) allocation agencies, (2) state cooperatives (co-ops), and (3) private co-ops. This training describes the three different participation methods a recipient agency can choose from and how they differ from one another. This training is recommended for any agency interested in learning more about the options available for ordering and receiving USDA Foods.

  • Course Number: 669
  • Training Length: 21 minutes
  • Certificate: None
  • Target Audience: Food Service Director and Staff
  • Mandatory: No
  • Cost: Free
  • Date Recorded: February 2016

Online Course

Referenced Resources

The following resource is referred to throughout this online course:


  • Crediting: 0.25 hour
  • Key Area: Nutrition (1000)
    • Training Topic: Menu Planning (1100)
      • Learning Objective: Plan for effective use of USDA foods (1170)

For more information on crediting, access the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) web document Professional Standards Learning Objectives External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

Additional Information

For more information on USDA Foods, visit the California Department of Education Food Distribution web page.

Contact Us

For questions regarding the course content, contact Amy Bell, Child Nutrition Consultant, by phone at 916-322-5051 or by email at

Questions:   Amy Bell | | 916-322-5051
Last Reviewed: Thursday, March 16, 2023
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