Skip to main content
California Department of Education Logo

USDA Foods Program Information

Information regarding U.S. Department of Agriculture Foods for participants of the National School Lunch and Summer Food Programs.

USDA Foods Entitlement

An agency's entitlement is the dollar value of USDA Foods each recipient agency is eligible to receive. An agency's donated food entitlement is calculated by the number of reimbursable lunches served during the previous year (July 1–June 30) multiplied by the current per-meal value. The per-meal value for USDA Foods is established annually, in July, by the United States Congress.

USDA Program Resources

Value of Donated Foods Notices External link opens in new window or tab.
Current and prior year Federal Register notices announcing the national average value of donated foods for the National School Lunch Program and the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

USDA Foods Fact Sheets External link opens in new window or tab.
USDA Foods fact sheets developed for food expected to be available for schools and institutions participating in the National School Lunch Program.

USDA Foods Expected to be Available List External link opens in new window or tab.
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 External link opens in new window or tab.
USDA's estimated Fair Market Values (FMV) for current and prior years. FMVs are updated every year on November 15.

USDA Foods Price List and Serving Guide

An alphabetical listing of USDA Foods that provides pack size, approximate number of servings provided, average serving size, and approximate number of servings from each pack/unit ordered.

Questions:   Food Distribution Program | 916-323-0865
Last Reviewed: Monday, March 15, 2021
Related Content
  • Food Distribution
    Information about United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) food commodities, Department of Defense (DoD) fresh produce, distribution centers, and processing of USDA Foods.
  • Food Distribution Management Bulletins
    Links to the Food Distribution Program management bulletins.
  • USDA Foods Processing Program
    Information regarding processing United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) foods into more usable end products.
Recently Posted in Nutrition
  • Reducing Added Sugars at School Breakfast (added 12-Aug-2022)
    This training guide will help school nutrition professionals identify sources of added sugars and provide specific ways to reduce the amount of added sugars in school breakfast meals.
  • ISNPA Webinar: Meal Counting and Claiming – Part 2 (added 11-Aug-2022)
    Introduction to School Nutrition Program Administration (ISNPA) webinar series for local school nutrition directors, managers, and nutrition staff. Meal Counting and Claiming – Part 2 training will be offered on September 6, 2022, at 2:00 p.m.
  • 2022–23 School Year SNP Waiver Elections (added 04-Aug-2022)
    This information announces the online application for the 2022-23 School Year (SY) Waiver Elections. It provides the link to the online application and the period for which the application is live.
  • Farm to Summer Celebration Week: Post-Survey (added 04-Aug-2022)
    The Farm to Summer Celebration Week: Post-Survey for SSO and SFSP Program Operators.
  • School Year 2022–23 Annual Update Now Open (added 03-Aug-2022)
    This notifies program operators that the School Year 2022–23 Annual Update in CNIPS is now open.