USDA Food (Commodity) Resources

Schools/Child Nutrition USDA Foods Programs


Provides policy information and resources available for the administration of the USDA's Schools/Child Nutrition (CN) Commodity Programs.

National School Lunch Program USDA Foods Fact Sheets


Provides links to the USDA Foods Fact Sheets developed for materials expected to be available for schools and institutions participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), Other Child Nutrition Programs, and the Nutrition Services Incentive Program.

Recipes for Schools Using USDA Foods


Recipes to help school food service personnel find new and different ways to prepare USDA foods.

Chef Designed School Meals

Idaho State Department of Education, Child Nutrition Programs.

A two week cycle of school meals designed by a chef and dietitian and tested and approved by Idaho students. The menus have been planned to meet the new USDA Meal Pattern and use three to ten USDA Foods in each meal. This includes a Chef Designed School Breakfast and Chef Designed School Lunch.

A Chef’s Recipe for Success: Using USDA Foods A Chef’s Recipe for Success: Using USDA Foods (PDF | 427 KB)

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service; National Food Service Management Institute.

A two-page fact sheet about the USDA Foods Program and how chefs can support this program in schools.

USDA Commodity

USDA. Agricultural Marketing Service.

This web site is developed to assist school food service professionals in selecting vendors and value-added products made from a variety of agricultural commodities.

Chef Designed Recipes for USDA Foods Chef Designed Recipes for USDA Foods

Idaho State Department of Education, Child Nutrition Programs.

Recipe series featuring the following USDA Foods: Black Beans, Whole Grain Pasta, Pollock, Canned Cherries, and Frozen Broccoli. Each recipe has been tested in a school kitchen and includes a short video of Chef Brenda's tips and a description of the students' response to the recipe at the test site.

Commodity Recipe Contest

Framingham State University. The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition.

Get ideas for using USDA Foods with these quantity recipes!

What's New in Food Distribution


Provides a summary of the latest updates in the Food Distribution Program.

Food Purchase Resources

USDA. Agricultural Marketing Service.

Features product descriptions, quality standards, market news, and more.

Market News

USDA. Agricultural Marketing Service.

Provides current, unbiased price and sales information for farm commodities in the U.S. and international markets and publishes transportation reports.

National Weekly Pricing Report

USDA. Agricultural Marketing Service.

Pricing report prepared for the School Nutrition Association and the American Commodity Distribution Association.

USDA Foods Recipes by Chef Deanna Olson

Iowa Department of Education.

Chef Deanna Olson developed and standardized ten new recipes for schools utilizing USDA Foods.