DHHS Food Distribution
Frequently Asked Questions

What is DHHS Food Distribution?

What is TLS?

What is PAL?

What is the difference between PAL and Entitlement?

How is PAL/Entitlement figured?

How do I figure cost of USDA donated foods?

How can I tell when a product has gone out of condition?  Is there a single date I can refer to?

Where can I find nutrition information for USDA donated foods?

 

 


 

 

What is DHHS Food Distribution?   The DHHS Food Distribution is the Distributing Agency for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), the Child and Adult Care Feeding Program (CACFP), the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). 

DHHS Food Distribution utilizes a request driven ordering system to determine foods to be stocked and distributed via the state contracted warehouse.  There are two basic types of donated foods, USDA items and processed end products.  USDA items are offered to all states by the USDA.  DHHS conducts an annual survey to determine which items from the full list of USDA foods are in demand. Foods in the most demand are made available to recipient agencies via the annual USDA survey. 

Processed end products are made from raw USDA foods that are delivered to processors that have a National Processing Agreement with the USDA. Processors participate in Nebraska via a State Participation Agreement.   DHHS Food Distribution conducts procurement of end products to be distributed through the state warehouse. Processed end products are made available to recipient agencies via a monthly survey.

Agencies eligible for USDA foods are schools, child/adult care feeding programs, nutrition programs for the elderly, charitable institutions, summer food service programs, and summer camps. USDA foods may also be used for mass feeding during times of disasters and situations of distress.

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What is TLS?   "Total Lunches and Suppers" is the total number of reimbursable meals served in your lunch program during a program year as determined by the Nebraska Department of Education.

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What is PAL? "Planned Assistance Level" is the dollar amount guaranteed to be offered to your agency based on your TLS from meal counts turned into the Department of Education for the previous school year.  

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What is the difference between PAL and entitlement?  PAL and entitlement are the same thing. 

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How is PAL/Entitlement figured?    An estimated entitlement will be distributed during February in CNPweb so that you can participate in surveys at that time.  Later in the school year, estimated entitlements are reconciled to actual data obtained from the USDA and Nebraska Dept. of Education. Entitlement is based on the number of reimbursable meals from the prior school year and the amount of entitlement the state has to distribute. This information is usually not available until the fall.  

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How do I figure cost of USDA donated foods?  After logging on to CNPweb under the ‘Reports’ tab on run the report titled “Product Cost Per Serving”.  This report does not take distribution charges into account since we don’t know if you will be picking up the items, having them delivered or in the case of USDA items, having them delivered to your warehouse by USDA vendors (1/4 truck load minimum).

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How can I tell when a product has gone out of condition? Is there a single date I can refer to?  The USDA provides valuable "Best If Used By Guidance" at http://www.fns.usda.gov/food-safety/food-safety   
   

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Where can I find nutrition information for USDA donated foods? The USDA provides Nutrition Information at http://www.fns.usda.gov/fdd/frequently-asked-questionsfact-sheets. We also maintain nutrition information for all active items and end products under the ‘Summary’ tab on CNPweb.  

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