Child Nutrition

USDA Foods Distribution Program for Schools

This page is for Vermont schools and other agencies who receive food through the USDA Foods Program. It includes links to the documents, tools, and websites you'll need to order food and stay on top of related issues.

USDA Food Updates

Welcome back to school! The WBSCM Manual, DoD Fresh Manual, and Guide to Releasing USDA Foods from the Warehouse have all been updated with minor changes for School Year 2015-2016.  Please scroll down for links to the updated versions of each manual.

Ordering USDA Foods Online

Vermont schools participating in the National School Lunch Program are entitled to receive an additional 31.25 cents per meal served in the form of food purchased by USDA to support American agricultural markets.  Each Spring, schools select the foods they wish to receive during the following school year through USDA’s online ordering system, called Web-Based Supply Chain Management (WBSCM).  Throughout the school year, the selected foods arrive at the state contracted warehouse and schools release their foods for delivery using the contractor’s ordering website.  USDA Foods available in Vermont include a variety of canned and frozen fruits, frozen vegetables, meats and cheeses, whole grain pastas, tortillas and pancakes, and even yogurt.  USDA Foods are 100% American grown, and some of our USDA Foods come from our region – including frozen wild blueberries from Maine, frozen vegetables from New York State and Greek-style yogurt from Vermont.

DoD Fresh

The DoD Fresh Program allows schools to use their USDA Foods entitlement to purchase a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables for their school food service programs.

Program Information and Procedures

Recipes using USDA Foods

Links

USDA Quick Links

Other Links: Safety

Other USDA Food Programs

USDA also distributes USDA Foods for several other programs in Vermont. 

For more information on USDA Foods distributed to food pantries and emergency feeding sites through The Emergency Feeding Program (TEFAP), please visit: http://www.vtfoodbank.org/OurPrograms/FederalNutritionPrograms/TEFAP.aspx.   

For more information on USDA Foods distributed to income-eligible seniors through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFSP), please visit: http://www.vtfoodbank.org/OurPrograms/FederalNutritionPrograms/CSFP.aspx

Vermont does not receive USDA Foods for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).  Instead, CACFP sponsors receive cash in lieu of USDA Foods with their CACFP meal reimbursements.


USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal and, where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities and wish to file either an EEO or program complaint please contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).

Persons with disabilities who wish to file a program complaint, please see information above on how to contact us by mail directly or by email. If you require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) please contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Questions?

Rosie Krueger at mary.krueger@vermont.gov or (802) 479-1246

Page Last Updated on September 4, 2015