Food DistributionInformation about U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foods, Department of Defense (DoD) fresh produce, distribution centers, and processing of USDA Foods.
Nutrition 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 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.
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.
DoD Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program
Information regarding Department of Defense fresh produce available to participants in the National School Lunch Program.
The Unprocessed Fruit and Vegetable Pilot
Information regarding the Pilot Project for the Procurement of Unprocessed Fruits and Vegetables available to participants of the National School Lunch Program.
Information regarding the Pomona and Sacramento state-operated distribution centers.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to unsubscribe from the Food Distribution Program e-mail list, send a "blank" message to email@example.com.
Food Distribution Program Webinars provided by the CDE on topics related to the USDA Foods program including USDA Foods processing, program participation, and ordering USDA Foods.
Recorded CNIPS Training
Food Distribution Program training for the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS). Training includes software simulation or “how to” videos for the key components of the CNIPS Food Distribution Program Module.
USDA Webinars and Training
Recorded Webinars and trainings provided by the USDA related to USDA Foods and the Food Distribution Program.
The Institute of Child Nutrition E-Learning Portal
Recorded trainings provided by the Institute of Child Nutrition including topics related to USDA Foods and the Food Distribution Program.
USDA Foods in the National School Lunch Program White Paper
An overview of how USDA Foods are provided to the National School Lunch Program.
USDA Foods Expected to be Available List
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
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
Information regarding food recalls, retail distribution lists, and links to other food recall information.
Online resource for recalls and food safety information.
USDA Foods Fact Sheets
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
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
Find quantity recipes featuring fruits, vegetables, and whole grains that kids will love to see on the menu!
USDA Food and Nutrition Service Newsroom
Current news and information from USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
American Commodity Distribution Association
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.