Child Nutrition Commodity Program
The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is coordinated through the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Division of Food Distribution.
There are currently 195 Board Offices and 1388 school sites participating in the NSLP, serving students over 150 million nutritious meals annually in the state of Kentucky!
Kentucky received $25,677,369 in Federal Entitlement funds for SY 2016-17 to fund the NSLP, which purchased 17,410,212 pounds of USDA Donated Food products. $3,856,455 of the total grant allocation sent to the school districts that choose to participate in the Department of Defense (DOD) program to purchase Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, leaving $21,820,914 for the purchase of USDA Donated Foods. Each district receives a portion of these funds based on their Average Daily Participation (ADP) for their school lunch program, at a meal rate of .3350 per student per day!
Independent, public, private and qualifying Residential Child Care Institutions (RCCIs) are eligible if the following criteria are met:
- Must be an education unit of high school grade and under, operating under public or nonprofit private ownership.
- Must be in compliance with Civil Rights requirements.
- Must be Federally Tax Exempt.
- A school that does not participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), but operates a nonprofit school food service program under agreement with the Kentucky Department of Education, School and Community Nutrition.
- A 24-hour child care institution, if eligibility is met.
DOD Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
Recipient agencies utilized over $3.9 million to purchase fresh produce through the Department of Defense Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. DOD provides additional fresh fruits and vegetables for Kentucky students in school meals to help fight obesity among school-aged children.
FFAVORS System Contacts Hattie Richardson 215-737-7192
Processed USDA Donated Foods
The USDA Further Processing Program allows eligible recipient agencies participating in the NSLP USDA donated foods program to work with commercial food processors by converting bulk or raw USDA donated foods into more convenient, palatable end products.
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Division of Food Distribution, is responsible for the logistics of getting USDA donated food to Recipient Agencies. Kentucky, through the state bid process, contracts with commercial distributors to receive, store, and distribute USDA donated foods. Recipient agencies are delivered these USDA donated foods in exchange for a per case delivery fee.
State Approved Processors
The State Processing Program allows States and eligible recipient agencies such as school districts to contract with commercial food processors to convert bulk or raw USDA commodities into more convenient ready-to-use end products.
There are two types of Processor Agreements permitted under the Kentucky's Processing Program, which include:
- The State Participation Agreement which is an agreement that Kentucky will do business with the processor under the umbrella of the National Processing Agreement maintained by USDA with specific additional provisions. Forms for this agreement may be found on this website.
- The Master Processing Agreement will be used ONLY for processors who are not "multi-state" processors. That is the processor does business ONLY in the state of Kentucky. The forms for this agreement may be obtained from the Division of Food Distribution, Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Phone: 502-573-0439.