The USDA recently released a series of infographics highlighting the use of USDA Foods and USDA Department of Defense Fresh Fruits and Vegetable Program in schools during 2016-17 and 2017-18.
In 2017-2018, 1.6 billion pounds of commodity foods were used in school meals nationally. At average costs ranging from $.33/pound for grains and up to $1.74/pound for dairy, the overall average cost for commodities was just $1. What a bargain! Protein accounted for the highest entitlement spending while fruits were the highest by total pounds.
As you prepare to allocate your commodities entitlements for the 2020-21 school year, use our Commodities Forecasting Tool to ensure you order exact amounts of the appropriate commodities you need. You can minimize the chances of wasted or leftover commodities at the end of the school year by using this calculator to guide your allocations. Simply enter your student headcount, the number of weeks in your school year and the number of times you project using each NutriStudents K-12 menu, and the tool automatically computes the precise quantities of various commodities to order. You download the Commodities Forecasting Tool from "Toolbox" in the client portal.
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