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.
Region – Distributor List
Food Distribution Handbook
Food Distribution Commodity Recipes
Recalls and Alerts
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: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
USDA NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT 2015 (SPANISH)
For all other FNS nutrition assistance programs, State or local agencies, and their subrecipients, must post the following Nondiscrimination Statement: Los demás programas de asistencia nutricional del FNS, las agencias estatales y locales, y sus beneficiarios secundarios, deben publicar el siguiente Aviso de No Discriminación: De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA. Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de señas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas. Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en línea en: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por: (1) correo: 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; o (3) correo electrónico: email@example.com. Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.
Kentucky School District Disaster Emergency Rapid Response
Food is an essential part of disaster response and recovery. The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) can play a vital role in providing supplemental nutrition assistance when disasters occur by coordinating with State, local, and voluntary organizations to
- Provide food for shelters and other mass feeding sites
- Distribute food packages directly to households in certain situations
- Offer flexibility in nutrition assistance programs’ design and administration to continue providing benefits to participants in need