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Information about U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foods, Department of Defense (DoD) fresh produce, distribution centers, and processing of USDA Foods.

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General Information

USDA Foods Processing Program

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.

Distribution Centers
Information regarding the Pomona and Sacramento state-operated distribution centers.

Forms, Guidance and Resources

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.

Training

Recorded WebinarsExternal link opens in new window or tab.
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.

USDA Webinars and TrainingExternal link opens in new window or tab.
Recorded Webinars and trainings provided by the USDA related to USDA Foods and the Food Distribution Program.

The Institute of Child Nutrition E-Learning PortalExternal link opens in new window or tab.
Recorded trainings provided by the Institute of Child Nutrition including topics related to USDA Foods and the Food Distribution Program.

Related Links

USDA Foods in the National School Lunch Program White PaperExternal link opens in new window or tab.
An overview of how USDA Foods are provided to the National School Lunch Program.

California Department of Public Health Food RecallsExternal link opens in new window or tab.
Information regarding food recalls, retail distribution lists, and links to other food recall information.

Government RecallsExternal link opens in new window or tab.
Online resource for recalls and food safety information.

USDA Recipes for SchoolsExternal link opens in new window or tab.
Quantity recipes for school food service. Recipes have been standardized, edited for consistency, and updated with Critical Control Point information.

Recipes for School Nutrition ProgramsExternal link opens in new window or tab.
Find quantity recipes featuring fruits, vegetables, and whole grains that kids will love to see on the menu!

USDA Food and Nutrition Service NewsroomExternal link opens in new window or tab.
Current news and information from USDA Food and Nutrition Service.

American Commodity Distribution AssociationExternal link opens in new window or tab.
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.

Contact Us

Food Distribution Program Contacts
A phone and email list of who's who in the Food Distribution Program.

Food Distribution Program Email 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 email list by sending a "blank" message to join-fd-web@mlist.cde.ca.gov.

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Questions:   Food Distribution Program | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Thursday, January 28, 2021
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