Posted: Wed, 10/16/2019 - 11:59am Updated: Tue, 04/13/2021 - 11:53am

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.