The Food Distribution Program (FDP) is one of the Child Nutrition Programs administered by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE). Through this program, eligible institutions are able to receive food made available by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Currently, those institutions eligible to receive this food include schools and other sponsors of the National School Lunch Program as well as some sponsors of the Summer Food Service Program for Children. The food is distributed to eligible institutions through a network of warehouses throughout the state.
Food Distribution Contacts
- Cheryl Moore – Food Distribution Program Specialist, (317) 234-2516 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Linda Smith – Food Distribution Program Specialist, (317) 232-0859 or email@example.com
- Or call toll free: 1 (800) 537-1142 (plus last 5 digits of the party’s extension)
How can I qualify for the Food Distribution Program (FDP) commodities?
- Sponsors must currently be on the National School Lunch Program or Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).
- Sponsors on the NSLP must have submitted claims for one year.
- The sponsor’s meals cannot be vended or catered.
- USDA Foods in the National School Lunch Program White Paper - An overview of how USDA Foods are provided to the National School Lunch Program.
The DoD Fresh Program is an optional program and participation is not required. If you decide to participate, you will set aside a portion of your USDA Foods entitlement dollars. You can commit as much of your entitlement to the program as you choose. USDA will handle all bills up to the amount of the entitlement you set aside.
- DoD Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
- Getting Setup and Using FFAVORS to Order Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
- DoD Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Surcharge -this charge, which has been applied since October 2007, will no longer be deducted from the National School Lunch Program entitlement funds in the Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Order/Receipt System (FFAVORS).
- DoD Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program FAQs
- The Advantages of the DoD Fresh Program
- USDA DoD Fresh the Basics for Schools Webinar
Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Commodities
- SFSP Commodities Program Information - click here for information and the link to apply for summer commodities.
- IDOE Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) - use this link to learn more about SFSP.
Training and Webinars
The following trainings are designed for all Food Distribution Program related staff:
"Brown Box" to "Bulk" Newsletters
- MSD Lawrence Township Schools Recipe for Chicken Fajita Meat
- USDA Food School Cookbook Resources
- USDA Recipes for Schools
Previous Food Recalls
- J.T.M. Food Group - Koch Foods, Inc. Barbeque Beef Recall April 2018
- Tyson Foods, Inc. Ready to Eat Chicken Recall June 2017
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter 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;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.