Food Distribution Program
USDA purchases and ships commodities to the ITOs and State agencies based on their orders from a list of available foods. These administering agencies store and distribute the food, determine applicant eligibility, and provide nutrition education to recipients. USDA provides the administering agencies with funds for program administrative costs.
FDPIR is authorized under Section 4(b) of the Food Stamp Act of 1977, and Section 4(a) of the Agriculture and Consumer Protection Act of 1973. The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1997 reauthorize FDPIR through 2002. Federal regulations governing the program can be found at 7 CFR Parts 250, 253, and 254.
Households are certified based on income and resource standards set by the Federal government, and must be recertified at least every 12 months. Households may not participate in FDPIR and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in the same month.
For more information about eligibility requirements and how to apply, click HERE.
USDA Foods Available
The Food Distribution Program is operated through the Food And Nutrition Services/USDA