About ACDA

The American Commodity Distribution Association (ACDA) is a non-profit professional association devoted to the improvement of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) commodity distribution system. ACDA members include association agencies that distribute USDA commodities; agricultural organizations; recipient agencies, such as schools; industry groups, such as food manufactures and processors; and allied organizations, such as non- profit anti-hunger groups. ACDA members distribute over 1.5 billion pounds of domestically produced commodities annually to programs such as the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, the Emergency Food Assistance Program, the Summer Food Service Program, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

ACDA was formed in 1974 as the National Association of State Agencies for Food Distribution (NASAFD). In June 1990, the association’s name was changed to demonstrate the growth and commitment of the organization in representing a broad spectrum of government food distribution interests including the processing of USDA donated foods. The purpose of the Association is to provide a collective voice in promoting the USDA Donated Food Distribution Programs as a means of strengthening the American agricultural economy and provide food assistance to needy Americans.


To strengthen the impact of domestic USDA Foods Programs.​


Working together to nourish the nation.​

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