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Guidance, Manuals, and Resources

Resources and information regarding the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Distribution Program requirements and operations.

Guidance

General Information Sheets
Information to assist sponsors with program administration.

FDP General Information Sheets
Information to assist processors with program compliance.

FDP Management Bulletins
Food Distribution Program management bulletins organized by calendar year.

Information Alerts

Manuals

Food Distribution Program Assistance Manual
Information and guidance for agencies that receive foods through the Food Distribution Program.

Disaster Resources

USDA Disaster GuidanceExternal link opens in new window or tab.
Food Distribution Program disaster assistance information and other federal links.

Disaster Feeding Guidance for School Food Service Using USDA Foods (PDF)
U.S. Department of Agriculture disaster feeding guidance for school food service using USDA foods.

Questions:   Food Distribution Program | 916-324-7132
Last Reviewed: Friday, September 24, 2021
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