The USDA Foods Program supports domestic nutrition programs and American agricultural producers through purchases of domestic agricultural products for use in schools and institutions. Nutritious USDA-purchased food is provided to the following child nutrition programs: The National School Lunch Program (NSLP), the Child and Adult Care Food Program, and the Summer Food Service Program.
More than 200 fully American-grown and produced foods are available for schools use in the NSLP through the USDA Foods in Schools program. Available as fresh, frozen, packaged, canned, dried, and bulk, USDA Foods help SFAs meet meal pattern requirements; increase wholesome offerings of fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and whole grains, lean meats, and other protein options; and offset food service expenses. As the State Distributing Agency, OSSE is responsible for properly managing the USDA Foods in Schools Program for the District of Columbia.
- USDA Foods Handbook
- How Can USDA Foods Benefit Your School Meal Program? Training
- USDA Foods Recalls
- USDA Foods During a Disaster
Direct Delivery and Processed USDA Foods
Department of Defense Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (DoD Fresh) Program
For additional resources, please visit our Training & Resources Page.
Additional information on the program can be found at the USDA Food Distribution page.