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USDA Food Distribution

Our mission at the Division of Food Distribution is to manage all USDA foods received by New York State.
USDA Food Distribution
Food Distribution Highlights
Food Distribution at Work
12.6 million pounds

of USDA foods for distribution to New York food banks in the third quarter of 2017-18

Food Bank of the Year Award

The Food Bank of the Southern Tier has been named the 2017 Food Bank of the Year by Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization. The Food Bank was selected for being the most outstanding food bank out of more than 200 Feeding America member food banks across the country.

$3.5 Million

committed by New York State schools to the USDA Pilot Project for Unprocessed Fresh Fruits and Vegetables for the 2017-18 school year.

Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture 
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 
1400 Independence Avenue, SW 
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; 

Fax: (202) 690-7442; or 

Email: [email protected]

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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Division of Food Distribution
Empire State Plaza,
Concourse Level, Room 120
Albany, NY 12242

Phone: (518) 474-5122
Fax: (518) 486-5660