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School Programs:
USDA Foods Program

USDAThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Distribution or “USDA Foods” Program provides foods such as meats, vegetables, fruits, grains, and dairy products to schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. The USDA purchases these foods through direct appropriations from Congress, and under surplus removal and price support activities. The USDA administers the program at the federal level. At the state level, the USDA Foods Program is administered by the School Nutrition Programs, Office of Public Instruction, which operates the program through agreements with local school districts. School districts that participate in the National School Lunch Program are to incorporate the USDA Foods received into the school lunch menu on a routine basis.

School districts that participate in the National School Lunch Program are to incorporate the commodity foods received into the school lunch menu on a routine basis.

USDA Foods Video

 USDA Foods Ordering Program

USDA Foods Ordering Instructions

Recall Procedures for USDA Foods
This document was developed to provide an overview of the recall process for USDA Foods with a focus on school meals programs. Particular attention is given to the roles and responsibilities of various entities in communicating information and removing recalled food from service to ensure that recalls are handled in a timely and effective manner. In the event of an actual recall of USDA Foods, more specific instructions will be provided to affected state agencies; however, this document contains an overview of the recall process, a description of how to conduct a recall of USDA Foods, and a reference guide on the responsibilities of each stakeholder involved in USDA Foods recalls. It is a valuable resource for understanding the USDA Foods recall process.

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DOD Fresh

Log into USDA FFAVORS Web

  • Navigate to: http://www.fns.usda.gov/fdd/ffavors.htm
  • Select the Log into FFAVORS web link under the 'I want to' section.
  • On the blue warning page, read and click the 'I Agree' button.
  • On the eAuthentication Login page, enter your eAuth ID and password in the User ID and Password fields.

EAuthentication
FFAVORS WEB Ordering Manual
Montana’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Programs Explanatory Comparison
Using DoD Fresh for Local Produce Purchases – USDA Farm to School Fact Sheet

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