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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 | FoodDistribution@cde.ca.gov | 916-324-7132
Last Reviewed: Monday, August 29, 2022
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