Posted: Mon, 09/19/2011 - 9:53am Updated: Thu, 08/22/2019 - 1:59pm

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), 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. Institutions eligible to receive USDA Foods include 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 sponsors must have submitted reimbursement claims for at least one school year. The sponsor’s meals cannot be vended or catered.


If you are a School Food Service Professional and would like to be added to our FDP email listplease Click Here


**NOTE: Please remember to have school staff available to receive commodity deliveries or make alternate arrangements with your warehouse during adverse weather conditions, school breaks/holidays, recess or other inopportune times.


CNP WebFood Distribution  

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 Checklist for Food Service Directors 

USDA's Food Buying Guide


Electonic Code of Federal Regulations for USDA Foods

Current Excess Storage Fee Charges

Charges will be based on the following table, which represent our average actual contract costs for the current year:

Type of Storage Cost of Storage How Often Will it Be Charged?
Dry $.80 cents Monthly, per case
Cooler $.88 cents Monthly, per case
Freezer $1.07 Monthly, per case


Cheryl Moore, Food Distribution Program Specialist - Phone: (317) 234-2516  |  Email:

Contact Cheryl with questions regarding, USDA Foods Direct Delivered (Brown Box), Annual Pre-order survey, DoD Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, State Contracted Warehouses, Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) USDA Foods

Linda Smith, Food Distribution Program Specialist - Phone: (317) 232-0859  |  Email:

Contact Linda with questions regarding, USDA Foods Direct Diverted (Raw/Bulk Pounds), Processors and Processing, Brokers, and Manufacturers.