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Food Distribution Programs

Our office distributes foods 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 produced in North Dakota and purchased by USDA)

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.

Click here to see foods available to local agencies participating in the School Nutrition Programs, the Summer Food Service Programs, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program. Charitable Institutions are also eligible to receive USDA foods known as bonus items. 

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  • Recall Email Notifications
    The best way for anyone to get email notifications of all food recalls is by signing up for free email updates from  This is a one-stop shop for U.S. Government recalls.  We encourage everyone who needs recall information to sign up today!  It’s easy.  Follow these few steps and you will receive an instant acknowledgement of your subscription from the Dept. of Health and Human Services:
  1. Log on to
  2. Click on the Food tab at the top.
  3. Click on “Sign Up for Free Recall Updates by E-Mail”  (in red toward top of page)
  4. This takes you to the Dept. of Health and Human Services signup page, where you will:
    a.   Enter your email address and confirm same; and
    b.   Check the box titled Recalls and Alerts under the
  Updates section.
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North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
Kirsten Baesler, State Superintendent
600 E. Boulevard Avenue, Dept. 201
Bismarck, North Dakota 58505-0440

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