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's handbook specifically for national and in-state USDA Foods processors that provide services to Texas contracting entities (CEs) is currently incorporated into Section 14a of the Administrator's Reference Manual. Click here to download ARM Section 14a, USDA Foods Processing.

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The Food Distribution Program Handbook has been archived.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. Additional translations services available as well.

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: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/ad-3027.pdf, 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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