Food Distribution Programs (FDP)

Overview

The Food Distribution Programs support domestic nutrition programs and American agricultural producers through purchases of domestic agricultural products for use in schools and institutions participating in federal Child Nutrition Programs. The agricultural commodities made available to sponsors through the FDP are referred to as United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foods and help reduce the cost of preparing program meals. The USDA has an established rate by which State Agencies earn entitlement dollars based on the total number of lunches served by sponsors participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The State Agency distributes entitlement dollars to sponsors based on prior year meal counts and surveys to determine available items to be ordered. State agency staff adjust orders according to sponsor needs, coordinate and verify orders, and coordinate the shipment and delivery to NSLP and SFSP sponsors. The State Agency enters into statewide contracts for the storage and delivery of food. Sponsor’s use of USDA Foods in meals is monitored at the sponsor and state level.

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) center sponsors receive additional reimbursement through the FDP in the form of “cash in lieu of commodities” which is based on the number of eligible meals served and paid along with their monthly meal reimbursement based on the federally established rate. 

Food Distribution Programs
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Drug Administration

Qualifying/Applying

Sponsors of the NSLP and SFSP qualify to participate in the FDP and receive USDA foods to use in their Child Nutrition Programs. After the first year of operating the NSLP, please contact the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Food Distribution Specialists no later than December 1 to opt-in or opt-out of utilizing USDA Foods. Sponsors submit an annual USDA Foods request (survey) in late winter/early spring for the following school year.

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors qualify to receive additional reimbursement through the FDP in the form of “cash in lieu of commodities.”

For help understanding basic qualification requirements or to request assistance, please contact the Utah State Board of Education FDP Specialists.

Training

FDP training is available throughout the year.  Sponsors are invited to program training and have access to Utah Education Network (UEN) Canvas training courses.  

In-person training requests can be made by contacting the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Child Nutrition Program.

Please contact the USBE Child Nutrition Program for access to UEN Canvas Courses.

Forms/Resources

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) FDP provides many program resources to assist program sponsors.

Sponsors are required to complete an annual review of storage facilities used for USDA Foods no later than June 30.

School Food Authority (SFA) Storage Facility Review  

To file a USDA Foods complaint, please contact the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) FDP.

For additional forms or resources, please contact USBE CNP

Reimbursement Rates

The per meal rate notice, titled "Food Distribution Program: Value of Donated Foods from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018" was published in the Federal Register on July 28, 2017.  The per meal rate for National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) School Year 2018 is $.2325.  

For NSLP the per meal rate (.2325) PLUS the 12% provision dollars for NSLP make the effective NSLP rate for School Year 2018 $.3350.

Policy

In coordination with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services (FNS), our office distributes policy memorandums to provide guidance and clarify program requirements and regulations.

USDA/FNS Policy center allows you to search for current and archived USDA published policy memorandum.

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