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Food Donation

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Administered by:

US Federal Government Agency (see all agencies)
Department of Agriculture , Food and Nutrition Service
CFDA #: 10.550

Program accomplishments...

USDA has worked in conjunction with Indian Tribal Organizations and agencies to improve the food packages offered to recipients of the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program. USDA is supporting the School Meals Initiative by improving schools access to high quality, fresh fruits and vegetables that will appeal to kids. USDA has teamed up with the Department of Defense Personnel Support Center to offer over 60 varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables to States. USDA has numerous initiatives that are underway to streamline commodity distribution programs, make them more efficient, and enhance customer service to its partners and stakeholders such as schools, Indian Tribal Organizations, State and local agencies, and agricultural producers. Efforts are underway to develop new information technology systems to replace outdated and antiquated systems within USDA and among States, schools, and USDA. Product specifications are being updated. USDA is planning to allow vendors the option to use commercial labels for most commodity products. USDA is testing the use of National umbrella contracts with industry to simplify the processing of commodities. The commodity hold and recall system has been re-engineered to reduce the time needed to resolve recipient and State agency complaints. USDA is also working to pilot-test several other food distribution program improvements within the next few years.