Emergency feeding programs, since they are open to the public, are eligible to receive both USDA and Ohio commodities that are government-funded. In the State of Ohio, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) has the task to manage and regulate the distribution, storage and eligibility criteria for these commodities. To help in this process, they have created the Food Programs Manual.
The purpose of the Food Programs Manual is to clarify program procedures for all agencies receiving USDA and Ohio commodities and to establish and maintain a statewide minimum level of service provided by emergency food programs. The manual also defines acceptable compliance guidelines.
Every partner agency receiving USDA and Ohio commodities must retain a copy of the Food Programs Manual on-site for reference by all of their staff and volunteers with the program. Foodbank staff will verify that a copy of the manual is on-site during annual site inspections.