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About Processing USDA Foods

Processing of USDA-purchased foods allows eligible Contracting Entities (CEs) participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), such as school districts, to convert raw bulk USDA foods into more convenient, ready-to-use end products. Most entities find they can:

  • Stretch their USDA Food dollars by ordering lower-cost bulk products;
  • Increase food safety by eliminating handling of raw product in school food service operations; and
  • Reduce labor costs and cash outlays for food preparation.

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SY 2021-2022 – Requested and Allocated Pounds


Round 3 Processing Bonus has now been completed. Click here to view the information regarding the number of pounds from the State Accounts to the Contracting Entity (CE). Pounds will be available to the CEs by October 22nd.

Round 4 Processing Surveys are now completed. Click here to view the information.  Pounds will be available to the CEs by Thursday, January 13th, 2022.

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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
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Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
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