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ODE USDA Foods Program
The Diversion/Processing option allows recipient agencies to divert bulk USDA Foods material to processors for further processing. Processors use that bulk material as an ingredient in the production of a finished end-product. This lowers the cost of the finished end-product and represents a pass-though value to the agency because USDA bulk products are ordered at a lower cost. As a result, agencies are able to offer a variety of convenient, ready-to-use finished end-products to meet the needs of a diversity of students.
Take a look at the
Processing Reference Summary SY21-22 or the
Processing Reference Summary SY22-23 for examples of what USDA Foods bulk items are used to produce a variety of end-products.
Weigh the benefits versus drawbacks and consider whether or not processing is a good option for your agency. Having a clear idea of the effort it takes will help you process succesfully.
What do you want to process? Consult with processors about your needs and get ideas from what other RAs do. View our
Processor and Broker contact list.
Prior to the next school year, the processing cycle begins with planning and
determining needs based on your menus. Then comes the procurement time which involves writing specifications, obtaining quotes or use ODE price agreements and awarding contracts. Once you contracted with a processor the next phase is
ordering lbs in WBSCM to get bulk USDA material and divert these pounds to your processor. Once you requested USDA foods for the next year, the last phase is
ordering finished end-products.
As you are planning for the next year however, you must also manage the current year and
This is our recommended processing timeline. Successful processing involves a year-long effort. While the most important is to know when to request your USDA bulk material and
not miss the spring deadline, processing is more than ordering bulk food in WBSCM. Processing timeline includes managing the current year and also preparing for the next year. It follows a processing cycle that begins with planning, then
ordering pounds in WBSCM and last,
ordering finished end-products. Processing means on ongoing process of managing banks while preparing for next year.
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