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Changing Participation Avenue for Receipt of USDA

Participants of the California Department of Education (CDE) Food Distribution Program (FDP) now have the option to change the way they plan to order and receive U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foods for School Year (SY) 2021–22. Agencies who wish to make a change must email a letter of intent that includes the agency name, address, phone number, vendor number, contact name, and how the agency will participate for SY 2021­–22 to by December 15, 2020. No action is required for agencies electing to continue to participate through their current method.

The FDP prepared a guide titled FDP Avenues for Receiving USDA Foods, which compares services among the CDE state distribution centers, state cooperatives (co-ops), and private co-ops. This guide is included in Management Bulletin (MB) NSD-FDP-02-2013 on the CDE FDP Changing Receipt of USDA Foods web page. Additionally, the FDP has posted a recorded training titled CDE FDP: Avenues of Participation, located in the FDP tab of the CDE Child Nutrition Programs Course Catalog web page. This training video provides an overview of the three different avenues for receiving USDA Foods in California.

To view the current fees associated with participation in the FDP, please refer to MB FDP-03-2017: New Program Fees for Agencies Receiving USDA Foods on the CDE Food Distribution MB web page. Please contact the lead district of each private co‑op directly regarding their fees.

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding this subject or if your school is not currently participating in the FDP, please contact Amy Bell, Child Nutrition Consultant (CNC), by phone at 916-322-5051 or by email at, or Sherry Tam, CNC, by phone at 916-324-9875 or by email at to learn more about the program and its financial benefits.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, September 23, 2020
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