USDA Foods Processing ProgramInformation regarding processing United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) foods into more usable end products.
Processing allows schools to send United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foods to processors who have been approved by the state or the USDA. Processors must meet specific requirements and are regularly reviewed by the state or the USDA.
Processors are required to have an approved agreement on file
in order to participate in the program. The agreement includes end product
data schedules, a list of end products available, and nutrition
and labeling information.
Processing allows agencies to better utilize USDA Foods by converting them into more convenient and usable items. Processing often makes the most efficient use of USDA Foods by reducing waste, stabilizing food costs through portion control, providing a variety of food choices, and increasing food safety.
2023–24 Approved Processor Listing (XLSX)
Processors approved to process USDA Foods.
Food Distribution Program General Information Sheets
Information to assist processors with program compliance.
Food Distribution Program management bulletins organized by calendar year.
USDA Foods Processing Information
Information on processing USDA Foods