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USDA Foods List and Material Price Report 2021–22


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) 2021–22. In a typical year the USDA makes various changes to the Foods Available List; however, this year the USDA decided not to make any additions or subtractions to the list of items. The USDA did make a few minor specification updates that are summarized below.

USDA Foods Available List

The USDA Foods Available List includes foods that the USDA expects to purchase for Child Nutrition Programs in
SY 2021–22. This list is available on the USDA Foods Expected to be Available web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Specification Changes

  • Chicken, Cut-up, Frozen, Code 100098: New Code is 111361 to reflect a change in truckload weight from 40,000 pounds (1000 cases) to 38,000 pounds (950 cases)

  • Beans, Red Kidney, Code 100370: Specification will require beans to be dark red kidney

  • Green Beans, Low-sodium, Canned, Code 100307: Specification will require commercial Kosher certification

  • Pears, Diced, Extra Light Syrup, Canned, Code 100225: Specification will require commercial Kosher certification

  • Beans, Garbanzo, Low-sodium, Canned, Code 100360: Specification will require commercial Kosher certification

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 current 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 school year that begins July 1. This list is available on the USDA Foods Expected to be Available web page External link opens in new window or tab..

USDA Material Price Reports

The USDA Foods Processor Material Prices for SY 2021–22 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 school year.

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 calendar year 2019. These prices are used on national and in-state processors’ Summary End Product Data Schedules (SEPDS) for SY 2021–22 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.
Questions:   Food Distribution Program | FOODDISTRIBUTION@cde.ca.gov | 916-323-0865
Last Reviewed: Thursday, December 24, 2020
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