Dairy Product Donation

The Dairy Product Donation Program (DPDP) is designed to address low dairy producer margins, through periodic purchases of dairy products.

Funding will be provided by the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC).

The purchase aspect of DPDP will be operated y the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary)
and for CCC by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) under the direction of the FSA's Deputy Administrator for Commodity Operations.

The distribution of products purchased through DPDP will be operated for the Secretary under the direction of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).
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Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Dairy productes purchased for DPDP will be used to provide nutritional assistance to members of low-income groups.

Purchases will be made only for those months that the FSA Administrator has determined meet all the requirements specified in P.L.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Purchased products will be distributed to private and public organizations eligible to receive donated foods for distribution to low-income groups through the FNS distribution program.

Public and private non profit organizations receiving donated dairy products will be responsible for the proper handling and distribution.

The FNS regulations for food distribution is specified in 7 CFR part 250.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The ultimate benefit of DDPP is to provide dairy operations protection against financial losses that occur during times of low operating margins.


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. No enrollment is required for dairy operators to benefit from DPDP.

Award Procedures

FSA and FNS will determine purchase and distribution methods for dairy product purchases and distribution.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


The Agricultural Act of 2014, Title I, Part III, Section 1431, Public Law 113-79, 7 U.S.C 9071.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Purchases may be approved for a qualifying month to the extent that the purchase by FSA can reasonably be expected to be completed in that calendar month and the products delivered to recipent agencies within 90 days.


Any producer who is disastified with a determination made may request reconsideration or appeal of such determination under 7 CFR part 11 or part 780.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Title 7, Chapter XIV, Part 1430, Subpart C, Public Law 113-79. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

There are no restrictions placed on the time permitted to spend the program benefits. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


No reports are required.


No audits are required for this program.


The recipient of the donation must maintain and retain accurate records and accounts that will document that they meet all eligibility requirements for three years after the date of payment to the dairy operation. Destruction of the records three years after the date of payment shall be the risk of the party undertaking the destruction.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use) FY 15 $0; FY 16 est $0; and FY 17 Estimate Not Available - This is a new 2014 Farm Bill program that will not start until the dairy production margin has been $4.00 or less for more than 2 months. Because dairy margins did not meet the target, USDA did not operate the program in FY 2014 or FY 2015, and USDA estimates that they will not need to operate the program in FY 2016.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No data available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Program is announced through news media. Regulations published in the Federal Register, 7 CFR Part 1430. CCC is committed to complying with the E-Government Act, to promote the use of the Internet and other information technologies to provide increased opportunities for citizen access to Government information and services and for other purposes.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Jose Gonzales 1400 Independence Ave SW Office of Director Stop 0550 , Washington, District of Columbia 20024 Email: jose.gonzalez@wdc.usda.gov Phone: (202) 690-0050

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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