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


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:   

For more information on USDA Foods distributed to income-eligible seniors through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFSP), please visit:

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
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:, 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:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


Rosie Krueger at or (802) 479-1246

Page Last Updated on November 5, 2015