USDA Foods Program

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.

Department of Defense

Fall Information Meeting on October 18, 2017 included a presentation on the new USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable offering. This Presentation is located: FFAVORS (pdf)  This includes links to use for completing this process.

DOD 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 DOD Deliveries - SY2020

Orders 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. 

Native Maine Delivery Schedule SY20

IDs and Passwords
For access to FFAVORS, your current Department of Defense (DoD) Account Manager must establish a user profile for each new user within FFAVORS. 
Once added to FFAVORS, an email notification to the user with step by step instructions on how to create the eAuthentication account will be generated. Without the profile in FFAVORS, the user will not gain access to the application.

For those that have an eAuthentication ID, the user profile must still be created in FFAVORS before accessing the site.
If you have problems accessing FFAVORS please contact the FFAVORS help desk.

Food Service Committee Representatives

  • 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.

The PFG delivery schedule for SY 2020

PFG School Year 2020 USDA Foods Delivery Schedule (xls)    

PFG Deliveries June 2020

Make sure you have someone to receive your products. They are loaded and leave PFG early in the morning rain or shine. contract language "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)."

Make sure your shipping info is correct. 

New USDA offering: Breaded Alaskan Pollock:

The new USDA Food, Alaska Pollock Whole Grain Fish Sticks, will be delivered to Maine Schools soon.  The Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers has compiled the following resources to assist school districts in successfully adding this healthful, lean protein item to their menus: Alaska Pollock Resources

Distributor Charges for Storage and Delivery SY 2020

PFG North-Center will be the distribution company for USDA Foods. The prices listed below are effective beginning July 1, 2017.

Delivery Period - September - June
SY 2020          







 Per Case 


Per Case


Per Case


 $  2.63


 $  2.50


 $  5.13


 $  2.65


 $  2.00


 $  4.65


 $  2.65


 $  2.00


 $  4.65


Crediting Foods



How to Place Your Annual USDA Order

For more information or questions about Maine's USDA Foods Program please contact a Child Nutrition staff member.