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Food Distribution

Ordering USDA Foods

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Refer to the FDP Ordering and Receiving webpage for more details.

Food Distribution Contact Information

TTY:  360-664-3631

Staff Contacts

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Distribution or USDA Foods Program provides foods such as protein foods, fruit and vegetables, poultry and eggs, nuts, grains, oils and cheese to eligible Local Education Agencies (LEAs). Public and private schools, Residential Child Care Institutions (RCCIs), and approved state agencies that participate in the National School Lunch Program are eligible to receive foods purchased by USDA. Sponsors participating in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) may also receive USDA foods as well as some Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) institutions.

Administering USDA Foods

National School Lunch Program (NSLP), Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), and Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors are eligible to receive USDA Foods. The USDA allocates funds (entitlement) to OSPI which is then allocated to sponsoring organizations. Child Nutrition Program sponsors may then use these funds to spend on USDA Foods.

How USDA Foods Entitlement Amounts are Calculated

The Per Meal Rate for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) is based on Total Lunches Served (TLS) from the previous school year. Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sponsors receive entitlement based on the number of meals served the previous summer. Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors may receive cash in lieu (CIL) for USDA foods.

Entitlement Rates for July 1, 2022-June 30,2023

  • NSLP Per Meal Rate: $0.4300 per lunch
  • CACFP Cash In Lieu (CIL) Rate: $0.3000 per meal
  • SFSP Per Meal Rate: Child Nutrition Services calculates rates in early spring and will directly communicate with sponsors when finalized.

Participating in Food Distribution

Annual Reports

Through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Department of Defense (DoD) Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, USDA is able to offer schools a wider variety of fresh produce than would normally be available through the USDA Foods program.

Note: This webinar is password protected and will require the password listed to watch.

SY 2023-24

SY 2022-23 

The pilot supports the use of locally-grown foods in school meal programs using entitlement funds. The pilot requires 100% domestic product.

A food recall is a company's voluntary action to remove product from commerce in order to protect the public from consuming adulterated or misbranded product.

Food recalls are very specific. Only a specific product produced during a specific time period is recalled. It is possible to have a different product made by the same manufacturer or the exact product, but in a different size or lot number. Lot numbers provide specific identifying information such as what plant a product was processed at, and the date and time of production.

Sign up to Receive Recall Notices

Help the State Make USDA Food decisions! The USDA Foods Advisory Council serves to assist the State Agency in decisions regarding USDA Foods. Council members help provide feedback and guidance for the state agency.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

National School Lunch & Breakfast Program