USDA Foods Processing Information

About Processing USDA Foods

USDA Foods NSLP Program Overview
The use of entitlement towards further processing must be in the best interest of the students and school district. The processing of USDA Foods provides industry the opportunity to market finished end products to complement commercial purchases and can supplement 15-20% of the annual food budget. Recipient Agencies have the opportunity to receive a wider variety of end products that meet the needs of the students. 

Recipient Agencies must participate in the National School Lunch Program (NLSP) to be eligible for processing. The further processing program converts raw bulk USDA Foods into more convenient, ready-to-use end products. Benefits of using further processing include increasing food safety, reducing labor costs and stretching entitlement dollars. 


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Participating in Processing


SY 2022-2023 – Requested and Allocated Pounds

List of USDA Foods Materials for Further Processing  Maximize 

USDA Foods Weighted Average Adjustment  Maximize 

Procurement of USDA Foods  Maximize 

Transfer of Further Processed USDA Foods Pounds  Maximize 

Participation Options  Maximize 

Passing the Savings On  Maximize 

Managing Inventory Levels  Maximize 

Co-op and Non Co-op Processing Schools  Maximize 

Texas Approved Processor List  Maximize 

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In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted 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; or
2. Fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
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