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Policy and Handbook for FDP

USDA Policy

USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) issues policy memoranda to provide guidance on implementing FDP. Click here to see these memos on the USDA site.

USDA Foods Processor Handbook

TDA has developed a handbook specifically for national and in-state USDA Foods processors that provide services to Texas contracting entities (CEs). Click here to download TDA's USDA Foods Processor Handbook.

Food Distribution Program Handbook

The Food Distribution Program Handbook has been archived. Applicable information will be transferred to the Administrator’s Reference Manual (ARM) for School Nutrition Program (SNP) Contracting Entities (CEs) and to the TDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Supplement Handbook for non-SNP CEs that participate in SFSP and receive USDA Foods. If you need assistance with USDA Foods for Child Nutrition Programs, please contact your Education Service Center.

Assistance available in English and Spanish. Please call 877-TEX-MEAL (877-839-6325) for help.

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: How to File a Complaint, 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:

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
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Texas Department of Agriculture

Commissioner Sid Miller

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