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USDA Foods Processing Program

Information regarding processing United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) foods into more usable end products.

Processing Information

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.

2021–22 Approved Processor Listing (XLSX)
Processors approved to process USDA Foods.

USDA Foods Processors’ Consultant Assignments

Food Distribution Program General Information Sheets
Information to assist processors with program compliance.

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

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Information on processing USDA Foods

Questions:   Food Distribution Program | 916-324-7132
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, January 19, 2022
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