USDA Foods further processing allows State distributing agencies (SDA) and recipient agencies (RA) such as school districts to contract with commercial food processors to convert raw and/or bulk USDA Foods into a variety of convenient, ready-to-use end products.

Benefits of participating in Further Processing:

  • Stretch USDA Foods dollars by ordering bulk products at lower-cost
  • Improves food safety by limiting handling of raw product in school foodservice operations
  • Reduced labor costs and cash outlays for food preparation
  • Reduces storage and delivery costs
  • Bulk USDA Foods are delivered directly from USDA vendors to contracted processor(s)