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USDA Foods Unprocessed Fruit and Vegetable Pilot

Welcome

Section 4202 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (P.L. 113-79), otherwise known as the Farm Bill, amended Section 6 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1755(f)) to provide for a pilot project for the procurement of unprocessed fruits and vegetables in not more than eight States. USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is working closely with USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to implement this pilot project. Oregon was chosen as one of the eight pilot states.

Overview

The pilot project will provide State Distributing Agencies (SDAs) in selected States additional flexibility in the procurement of unprocessed fruits and vegetables. School food authorities (SFAs) in selected States, or SDAs acting on behalf of participating SFAs, will be permitted to competitively solicit a USDA-approved vendor using USDA Foods National School Lunch Program (NSLP) entitlement funds. SDAs or SFAs will also be able to use pre-existing commercial distribution channels and relationships with growers, produce wholesalers, and distributors. Use of geographic preference, as allowed by FNS regulation, is permitted in the procurement of these products.

How do I participate?

Basic steps
  1. Divert USDA Foods entitlement to pilot
  2. Review USDA approved vendor list on AMS website
  3. Conduct competitive solicitation and award to approved pilot vendor or if you already have contract amend it to include language from USDA Fruit and Vegetable Pilot Q&A memo
  4. Tell ODE how much you are going to spend with chosen vendor so it can approve funds
  5. Place order with vendor
  6. Receive delivery and sign invoice. Vendor then bills USDA AMS.
  7. ODE will send invoice verification periodically asking you to validate that what you received is what was deducted from your entitlement balance

Resources

Oregon Participating Sponsors (subject to change and only reflects RAs that have diverted current year entitlement)

  • Bend/La Pine SD
  • Grants Pass SD
  • Medford SD
  • Oregon City SD
  • Phoenix-Talent SD
  • Portland SD
  • Three Rivers SD
  • Tigard/Tualatin SD
  • Jackson County SD #6 (Central Point)

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