Our office distributes food provided by the US Department of Agriculture to help meet the nutritional needs of children and adults. USDA food programs help strengthen the agricultural market for products produced by American farmers.
Foods are acquired by USDA under several legislative authorities including price support, surplus removal, and special purchase. The types of food purchased are based on the nutritional needs of children and other individuals, state preferences, and the market supplies and prices of foods. Storage and transportation to local agencies is provided by North Dakota businesses through a contract with North Dakota CNFD. Warehousing and transportation costs are supported by local and federal funds.
As an additional service to local agencies, our office enters processing agreements with food manufacturers to further process certain USDA foods into more usable products. An example is using USDA chicken to make chicken nuggets and patties for schools.