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Foods Distribution Program

USDA Foods in Schools

The USDA Foods Distribution Program (FDP), also known as USDA Foods in Schools, is one of the Child Nutrition Programs administered by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE). Through this program, eligible institutions, also known as Recipient Agencies (RAs) and/or School Food Authorities (SFAs), are able to receive food made available by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) called USDA Foods.

USDA Foods are foods purchased by the USDA and donated to school districts for use in their food service operation.

  • They are from the cheese, fruit, vegetable, meat/meat alternative, and grain food groups.
  • The foods are in canned, frozen or dried varieties.
  • USDA Foods can be used in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), the National School Breakfast Program (NSBP), After School Snack Program (ASSP) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sponsors.
  • All School Food Authorities must have submitted reimbursement claims for at least one school year for to be eligible.
  • The school sponsor’s meals cannot be vended or catered, however, they can contract with a Food Service Management Company (FSMC).

USDA Foods: Forecasting for the Future

USDA Foods in the National School Lunch Program White Paper - An overview of how USDA Foods are provided to the National School Lunch Program.

FNS-101: USDA Foods in Child Nutrition Programs

IDOE Food Distribution Program Year At-A-Glance

Disaster & Recalls

USDA Foods Available Training & WebinarsUSDA Foods Toolkit for Food ServiceYour State Assigned Warehouse Newsletters
& Processing
Ordering Direct
USDA Foods
DoD Fresh Fruit
& Vegetable

Quick Access

Cheryl Moore, for Direct Delivered USDA Foods
Brian Lafayette, for USDA Foods Inventory
Linda Smith, for 
Processed USDA Foods

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  1. mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.