About the Program
Public and private schools as well as approved Residential Child Care Institutions that participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) are eligible to receive food purchased by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). In 2012, commodities valued at over $20 million and totaling over 21 million pounds were allocated. Each month schools are in session, approximately 2 million pounds of USDA Foods are distributed by the food distribution section of Child Nutrition Services.
In Wyoming, 358 schools will receive USDA Food entitlement at the rate of $.2275 cents for each lunch served during the 13-14 school year. This entitlement can be utilized on a wide variety of foods which include; canned and frozen fruits in light syrup or pear juice, low sodium canned and frozen vegetables, canned beans, wheat flour, whole grain pasta, beef, chicken, pork, egg and cheese items. These USDA Foods represent 12-20 percent of the value of all foods purchased for the lunch program. All other food used in the NSLP is procured by the school or school district. In cooperation with the Department of Defense, schools can allocate part of their USDA entitlement funds for the purchase of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Food Distribution is funded through USDA State Administrative Expense (SAE) funds and a state-administered revolving fund. Schools are charged a fee to cover storage, handling, and shipping. They also reimburse the state account for processing costs of raw USDA processors who manufacture over 40 specific food items for NSLP.
Simplified Summer Food Program (SSFP) sponsors also receive USDA Foods based on 1.5 cents for each meal served.
DoD Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
Past Conference Materials
- ACDA: What is It?
- Overfed, Undernourished: Examining Food Choices and Health Impact
- Strategies to Bring Negative Balances Back to Black
- ACDA Farm to School Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) May 6, 2012
- Contracting with Food Service Management Companies
- Interflex BidAdvantage for Schools
- USDA Food Conect BidSpecResources-MBF
- A New Look at Fruits and Vegetables
- USDA Foods Lower Plate Costs
- Writing Excellent Food Bid Specifications
- Are You Getting the Right Produce at the Right Price?
- Get the Word Out: Communicating During Food Recalls
- Making the Most of USDA Foods for Healthier Meals
- Marketing is NOT Rocket Science!
- Maximize the Difference You Make in the Lives of Children
- Nudging Your Students to Make Healthy Food Choices
School Year 2014-15
Individual Vendor Nutrition Information (PDF)
School Year 2013-14
School Year 2012-13
- Food Service Director Training (rev 06/2014)
- USDA Foods Program Disaster Manual
- Protecting the Food Supply Awareness
- Responding to a Food Recall
- Single Inventory Guidance
- USDA Foods Distribution Handbook
- FAQ for Single Inventory Recordkeeping System
- Food Distribution CNP Website Manual (rev 10/2012)