Skip to main content
California Department of Education Logo

USDA Foods Available List for SY 2023–24


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently published the USDA Foods Available List and the USDA Foods Processor Material Prices for School Year (SY) 2023–24.

USDA Foods Available List

The USDA Foods Available List includes foods that the USDA expects to purchase for Child Nutrition Programs in SY 2023–24. This list is available on the USDA Foods Expected to be Available web page External link opens in new window or tab.. The USDA has added a new item to the list and has also discontinued several items for a variety of reasons. A summary of all the changes is listed below.

New Item

  • Cherries, Tart, Dried, Individual Portion, 250/1.36 oz bag, Code 111643, credit as a ½ cup fruit.

Items Removed

  • Cereal, Oat Circles, Bowls, 96/1 oz bowls, Code 111100, has been temporarily removed due to insufficient quantities and supply chain issues.
  • Tuna, Chunk Light, Canned, Kosher, 6/66.5 oz can, Code 100195, has been temporarily removed due to vendor capacity and quality issues.
  • Cherries, Tart, Pitted, Unsweetened, Frozen (IQF), 12/2.5 lb. bag, Code 100236 has been eliminated due to low order volumes and changes in processor needs.
  • Peanut Butter, Smooth, 500 lb. drum, Code 100397, has been eliminated due to low order volumes and changes in processor needs.

Specification Change

The sodium content in the specification will be updated to 140 mg or less per serving from the current 36–140 mg of sodium per serving to allow for no-salt-added varieties in addition to low sodium varieties for:

  • Beans, Green, Low-sodium, Canned (K), 6/#10 can, Code 100307
  • Carrots, Sliced, Low-sodium, Canned, 6/#10 can, Code 100309
  • Peas, Green, Low-sodium, Canned, 6/#10 can, Code 100315

Crediting Change

  • Mixed Vegetables, No Salt Added, Frozen, 6/5 lb. bag, Code 111230, now credits as an additional vegetable to meet the overall vegetable requirement rather than crediting as multiple vegetable subgroups.

USDA Foods List of Materials

The USDA Foods List of Materials report contains the last USDA purchase price for all USDA Foods. The price reflects the most recent acquisition price, transportation, and, if applicable, processing costs related to the food. This report also lists the material identification code, pack size, price per pound, and gross and net weight. This information is used by the USDA to determine the appropriate contract value for each USDA Food for the upcoming SY that begins July 1. This list is available on the USDA Foods Available web page External link opens in new window or tab..

USDA Material Price Reports

The USDA Foods Processor Material Prices for SY 2023–24 reports are available on the USDA Food Distribution Processor Material Prices web page External link opens in new window or tab.. The information is used by recipient agencies, as well as national and in-state processors participating in the Food Distribution Program to estimate prices of USDA Foods for the upcoming SY.

There are two reports available:

  1. Average Material Price—this report contains the calculated annual average purchase price for USDA Foods purchased by the USDA in Federal Fiscal Year 2021–22. These prices are used on national and in-state processors’ Summary End Product Data Schedules (SEPDS) for SY 2023–24 for rebating or discounting finished end products containing USDA Foods.
  2. Average Cheese Prices Explanation—this report provides an explanation of the calculation for average cheese prices. These values are used on national and in-state processors’ SEPDS for the purpose of rebating or discounting finished end products containing USDA Foods cheeses.

USDA Foods Database

The USDA Foods Database is available for school districts to access up-to-date, vendor-specific nutrition, allergen and ingredient information for direct delivered USDA Foods for Child Nutrition Programs included on the Foods Available List. This information can be used to make informed ordering decisions, manage menu planning, meet USDA meal pattern requirements and nutrition standards, and provide safe meals for students with food allergies and other special dietary needs.

The USDA Foods Database is an acceptable form of documentation for verifying how USDA Foods credit toward the meal pattern requirements during the Administrative Review. The USDA Foods Database will replace the USDA Foods Product Information Sheets by the end of 2023.

The USDA Foods Database and instructions for its use are available on the USDA website External link opens in new window or tab.. The database is a non-editable Excel spreadsheet that allows users to search for USDA Foods by their 6-digit unique material code and must be downloaded and saved to be used.

The USDA is planning a webinar regarding how to navigate the new USDA Foods Database in March 2023. Be on the lookout for registration information coming soon.

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact Amy Bell, Child Nutrition Consultant (CNC), by email at abell@cde.ca.gov, or Sherry Tam, CNC, by email at stam@cde.ca.gov.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Friday, January 13, 2023
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.
  • Nutrition What's New
    News and announcements relating to nutrition for program operators and contacts.
  • USDA Foods Program Information
    Information regarding U.S. Department of Agriculture Foods for participants of the National School Lunch and Summer Food Programs.
Recently Posted in Nutrition