Through its food distribution programs, USDA purchases a variety of food including fruits, vegetables, meat, grains, and dairy products to help low income households and individual program participants obtain access to nutritious food and to support American agriculture. USDA Foods are distributed to help supplement the diets of participants in several programs including:

  •  children participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
  •  children and adults participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
  •  women, infants, children, and elderly individuals participating in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
  •  low-income Native Americans participating in the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), and
  • individuals in need of assistance from food pantries and soup kitchens that participate in the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP).

This report contains nutrient and food group analyses of the USDA Foods distributed through each of these five programs in Fiscal Year (FY) 2009.