Federal child nutrition programs support American agricultural producers by providing cash reimbursements for meals served in schools, but also by providing nutritious, USDA purchased food to the following nutrition programs:
- National School Lunch Program
- Child and Adult Care Food Program
- Summer Food Service Program
Section 6 of the National School Lunch Act, Section 416 of the Agricultural Act of 1949, and Section 32 of Public Law 74-320 designate funds for such purchases. A contractual agreement made with each state provides for a distributing agency and for the implementation of USDA rules and regulations.
USDA food may also be processed, with the approval of the state, into other products desired by schools. Such products may include bread products, pizzas and salad dressings. The products are sold and distributed just as any other commercial product except that schools receive a discount equal to the value of USDA Foods involved, known as net off invoice.
If you have questions regarding the USDA Food Distribution Program, please contact a member of the Child Nutrition staff.
Food Distribution Program (FDP) - CNPWeb
CNPWeb Sponsor Manual
Instructions for logging into FDP in CNPWeb:
Log in: https://me.cnpus.com/cnp/Login
Enter your User ID and password
From the Alphabet, select the first letter of your district name, or select ‘All’. The sponsor(s) that you are connected with will appear.
Click on the hyperlinked number next to the name of your district.
You are on your Sponsor Summary screen.
Helpful Hints for CNPWeb
- IDs and Passwords need to be assigned
- The simple steps will be provided
- Entitlement is provided to the Sponsor/District level
- Sponsor/District needs an approved yearly agreement in order to place the annual survey
- DOD is available under fruit category
- NOI products still available and by weight
- Guidance manual for sponsors is available online
- Month indicated is the month into the warehouse
New Terms Old Terms or Definitions Sponsor District Location Agency Annual Survey Annual Order Surplus Extras End Product Brown Box Items Raw Product Product sent out to be processed for NOI Entitlement PAL, amount of funds for USDA Food by Sponsor Month The month product is scheduled for delivery to the warehouse
The EYE indicates view mode.
The PEN indicates edit mode.
- Net off Invoice (NOI) Program
Net-Off Invoice is a program available to school food administrators to order approved processed food from a distributor and then be billed at the net price. The net price is determined by reducing the agreed-upon full price by the value of USDA food in the item. Maine schools are allowed to use the NOI program as often as they like as long as they have allotment.
- Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Order Receipt System (FFVORS)
Deliveries are being made by Native Maine out of Westbrook. We have worked up a delivery schedule by county to get us started.
Native Maine Plan of Deliveries - SY2020Orders must be placed at least 3 full days in advance. To utilize your PAL money, orders have to be placed in FFAVORS. Unless other arrangements have been made, there are no Monday or Friday deliveries to schools.
- Once added to FFAVORS, an email notification is sent to the user with step by step instructions on how to create the eAuthentication account, without a user profile access will be denied.
- If you have problems accessing FFAVORS please contact the FFAVORS help desk.
IDs and PasswordsFor access to FFAVORS, your Account Manager must establish a user profile for each new user within FFAVORS.
The PFG delivery schedule for SY 2021
Make sure you have someone available to receive your products and that your shipping information is correct.
The contract states: "RAs must accept deliveries from 7:00 A.M. until 3:30 P.M., Monday thru Friday with the exception being holidays and school vacations. SB will work with RAs to avoid deliveries at inappropriate or inconvenient times (such as, meal service time)."Annual Ordering Frequently Asked Questions Steps to view past USDA orders
Delivery Period - September - June SY 2021
Distributor Charges for Storage and Delivery
PFG North-Center is the distribution company for USDA Foods.
- USDA Resources
- Food Service Committee
Kathy Allen - RSU 79/MSAD 1
Ellen Demmons - RSU 21
Tina Fabian - RSU 3
Jodi Fournier - RSU 4
David Leighton - RSU 19
Vanessa Richardson - RSU 57
Paula Rouillard - Auburn
Michael Sanborn - Gorham
Food Service Committee Goals and Objectives:
- Committee will use the most cost-effective method to meet. This may be a conference call, web based conference, or other efficient method.
- Committee will be chaired by DOE.
- Members will supply information from their geographic area. Information should include likes and dislikes and general comments.
- Ensure the efficient use of USDA money, by suggesting and choosing the best products offered by USDA.
- Share information to increase the likelihood that districts within the state get quality products that they can use and that are accepted by students.
- Collaborate on developing/sharing creative regional recipes to utilize USDA foods.
- Engage districts throughout the state and share ideas on the use, preparation, storage and strategies and/or timelines to spend all their PAL Entitlement.
- Suggest a method to collect information on products that districts throughout the state prefer and don’t prefer.
- Suggest methods or some incentive for completing and returning the Annual Survey report.
The Committee meets twice a year. Members must participate in person, through telephone or web based conference at least three times per year in order to remain active.