Industry Partners
The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) – Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) - Food Distribution Program (FDP) has partnerships with companies throughout the state and nation ranging from manufacturers of ready-to-eat products to food distributors.

Processors of Fee-For-Service Products
Processors of non-substitutable foods (beef and pork)  interested in partnering with FDP will first need to be approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Potential processors can obtain more information from the USDA National Processing Agreement (NPA) website. Upon USDA approval, processors must also fill out and submit the signed State Program Agreement (SPA) and a Summary End Product Data Schedule (SEPDS) to FDP.

Manufacturers of Minnesota Rebate Program Products
Manufacturers of substitutable foods (USDA Foods other than beef and pork)  interested in partnering with FDP will first need to be approved by the USDA. Potential manufacturers can obtain more information from the USDA National Processing Agreement (NPA) website. Upon USDA approval, manufacturers must also fill out and submit the signed State Program Agreement (SPA) and a Summary End Product Data Schedule (SEPDS) to FDP. Potential manufacturers will need to demonstrate viability by Minnesota sponsors participating in FDP for their products. Manufacturers must submit documentation demonstrating one truck worth of the commercial ingredient, equivalent to the desired USDA Food, was sold to Minnesota sponsors in one school year or less.

Distributors of Regular USDA Foods
Potential distributors must fill out and submit a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to FDP. Sponsors select an approved distributor of USDA Foods each school year. This distributor will deliver USDA Foods for the duration of the school year.