The Food Distribution Programs’ mission is to strengthen the Nation’s nutrition safety net by providing food and nutrition assistance to school children; and support American agriculture by distributing high quality, 100 percent American-grown USDA Foods.
The Food Distribution Program (FDP) is a federally funded program that offers: public, public charter, and nonprofit private schools, as well as residential child care institutions (RCCIs), a wide variety of entitlement foods available through school nutrition programs. Also known as Schools/Child Nutrition Commodity Programs, the FDP enables schools participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) to use commodity entitlement funds to purchase USDA Foods and fresh fruits and vegetables directly from the Department of Defense (DoD) Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program commonly known as DoD Fresh. This program is accessed through a web-based, easy-to-use platform allowing schools to track entitlement funds usage, have greater buying power, consistent deliveries, lower order minimums, and a large variety of high-quality produce including locally-grown items. Both the USDA Foods fruits and vegetables purchased with these funds are distributed to schools to be utilized in NSLP compliant meals.
OSSE’s Division of Health & Wellness School Programs Team administer the FDP for the District of Columbia.
Commodity rates are set each year by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
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Additional information on the program can be found at the USDA Food Distribution page.