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 pasta, 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.
The Department of Defense (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
- USDA Foods Database
- USDA Foods Fact Sheets
- How USDA Foods Support the National School Lunch Program Meal Pattern Requirements
- Food Distribution Program for Schools
- Public Notices and Waivers
Recipes Using USDA Foods
Other USDA Food Programs
USDA Foods are distributed for several other programs in Vermont.
- The Emergency Feeding Program (TEFAP) for food pantries
- Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFSP) for income-eligible seniors
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.