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The National School Lunch Program (NSLP), established under the National School Lunch Act in 1946, is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. Every school day the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) serves nutritious meals to more than 28 million low-income children nationwide.
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is the sister program to the NSLP. Just because the school year may have ended, the need for good nutrition for school-age children hasn't. The SFSP provides good, nutritious food that's "in" when school is "out." This program was created to ensure that children in low-income areas could continue to receive nutritious meals during long school vacations when they do not have access to school lunch or breakfast.
The contracts listed below have been extended and are currently effective through June 30, 2017.
As part of an initiative by USDA to offer schools a wider variety of fresh produce the Department of Defense (DoD) Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program was created. The DoD Program offers fresh fruits and vegetables to schools through the use of entitlement funds. Each year approved agencies decide how much of their entitlement budget they would like to divert to this program. Participation is voluntary. FreshPack Produce currently holds the DoD contract and delivers produce directly to schools. School Food Authorities (SFA) can order produce through an online ordering system called Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Order Receipt System (FFAVORS ).
Each time an order is made through the FFAVORS system, it is subtracted from the budgeted balance. The cost of delivery, in addition to a minimal DoD administrative fee, is included in the price of produce. SFAs will receive a receipt each time an order is delivered. Once funds are depleted, SFAs will be unable to continue ordering from their entitlement account. However, they can continue to place orders with Fresh Pack for purchase with local funds. The minimum order per week is $105.00. SFAs can monitor balances in the FFAVORS system.
Because the DoD program offers only domestic fruits and vegetables, there are some limitations as to produce availability. Bananas, for example, are generally not an option through the DoD program because they are largely grown outside of the United States. Produce offered is seasonal so options will change throughout the year. A full catalog is located on the FFAVORS site and is updated weekly based on the seasonal availability of produce.
Access the FFAVORS system
About DoD Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
DoD Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (USDA Page)
Policy Memo - DoD changes 2014-15
The Colorado Food Distribution Advisory Committee was established in 2012. Food Distribution Advisory Council membership is voluntary and is comprised of School Food Service representatives from diverse geographic regions and program size representation. Visit the Food Distribution Advisory Committee page to learn more.
Visit the Calculators & SEPDS page to download manufacturer calculators and forms.
The USDA Commodity Processing program allows State distributing agencies and eligible recipient agencies such as schools participating in the NSLP to contract with commercial food processors to divert bulk or raw USDA commodities to processing partners to convert into convenient, ready to use products. For information about Commodity Processing, click on the links below:
Visit the Training page and expand the Food Distribution Training section to explore the Food Distribution Program Training Library.
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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:
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De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.
Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de señas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.
Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en línea en: http://www.ocio.usda.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2012/Spanish_Form_508_...
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