Overview 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 in the National School Lunch Program White Paper - An overview of how USDA Foods are provided to the National School Lunch Program.
USDA Foods Distribution Program Toolkit
- IDOE Food Distribution Program Year At-A-Glance - this is a quick look at the Food Distribution Program Schedule in a School Year
- USDA Foods Distribution Program Handbook - this handbook is an comprehensive look at the Indiana Food Distribution Program and USDA Foods
- USDA Foods Distribution Program Toolkit Cheat Sheet - this sheet provides school food professionals with a place to start in the Food Distribution Program
- USDA Foods Distribution Program Checklist - this checklist helps keep the food service professionals on track with the Food Distribution Program
- Processing Brokers and Companies Represented - contact these company represented brokers to find out what USDA Foods bulk products are being processed and what they are being processed into.
- USDA Foods Toolkit for Food Service Directors
- USDA Foods Training - online training of various USDA Foods topics
Instructions to Add or Change the Food Service Director
Please contact IDOE at email@example.com. Then, please go to the CNPweb in the Food Distribution Program (green puzzle piece), click continue and the appropriate program year. Finally, check/update the following screens and information in the Recipient Agency (RA) summary page:
Enter new food service director information here
1. Go to the RA Summary page and the appropriate program year
2. Click the Applications tab and then click "Revise"
3. Enter the update information and click "Submit".
Your account should now be pending approval.
Review the USDA Foods that were requested for the school year. If there are blue clickable links under the product code column, you will also need to check K12 Foodservice and ProcessorLink for product that has been sent to processors.
Check to see if brown box items currently in inventory
Verify if there are open orders scheduled to be delivered.
Need Assistance or Have Questions?
- Please email the Food Distribution Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Please include the following information:
- New FSD's full name, phone number including area code, and email.
- Full school name and school corporation number
- If you do not have access to your school's CNPweb login, contact the Food Distribution Specialist.