USDA Food (Commodity) Resources

USDA Foods Video Clip (August 2011)


A short video about the healthy and nutritious contributions that USDA Foods provide to school meal programs.

Chef Designed School Meals (2013)

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.

Chef Designed School Breakfast Book (2013)
Ten school meals (two week cycle) that were designed by a chef and registered dietitian that appeal to students and utilize a variety of USDA foods.
Chef Designed School Lunch Book (2013)
Eleven breakfast recipes designed by a culinary chef and registered dietitian that have been tested and approved by Idaho students using a wide variety of USDA foods.

Schools/Child Nutrition USDA Foods Programs (May 2014)


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 (July 2014)


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 (July 2015)


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

A Chef’s Recipe for Success: Using USDA Foods (March 2013) (PDF | 427 KB)

USDA. FNS. Institute of Child Nutrition..

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

USDA Commodity


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.

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 (December 2013)


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