Ohio USDA Commodity Food Distribution Program

The Ohio United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Distribution Program distributes donated USDA commodity foods to sponsors participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP),  National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and/or the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). 

USDA commodity foods are staples -- such as meats, cheese, fruits and vegetables -- and are distributed to eligible nutrition program sponsors. These foods are intended to account for no more than approximately 20% of a sponsor's total food budget.

How USDA Commodity Food Items are Distributed

The Food Distribution Program allocates commodity items to participating schools and/or agencies based on their "entitlement." Entitlement dollars are earned by each program participant (i.e., school district) in accordance with USDA guidelines, and are determined and allocated by the number of student lunches served in the previous year multiplied by the USDA foods reimbursement rate.

Periodically, the USDA and/or the Ohio USDA Food Distribution Program distribute certain USDA foods as a "bonus" to participating schools on a fair-share basis. Bonus USDA foods, offered as they become available through agricultural surpluses and market conditions, do not count against a state’s regular entitlement dollars.

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Guidance, Handbooks, Regulations, and Policy Memorandums

For the most recent guidance and resources, handbooks, policy memos, and regulations on the USDA Commodity Food Program, visit the USDA Food and Nutrition Service websites linked above.


Last Modified: 4/14/2017 11:12:28 AM