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Food Purchasing

How foods are purchased:

All foods are purchased through a competitive bidding process.  If commodity products are going to be further processed, the cost of processing is part of the bid process.  (Processing is used to convert products into a form that can be utilized in schools.  One example is commodity eggs are processed into such items as French toast, egg patties and omelets to be served as part of the National School Breakfast Program.)  Bids are conducted through CCSD Procurement Services.

Specification guidelines for products include:

Lower in fat and saturated fat
Higher in fiber and whole grains
Lower sodium
Fresh fruits and vegetables
Lower sugar   

Fresh fruits and vegetables served daily:

Cobb County incorporates fresh produce into the school menus everyday.  Lunch always includes a fresh fruit or vegetable option.  Several entree salad choices as well as side salads are featured each day. 

Local produce:

CCSD purchases local produce from our produce vendor based on availability
of local produce.  Local produce is generally considered to be grown in Georgia and states that border Georgia. 

Georgia Grown:

CCSD purchases produce which is grown in Georgia.  Available items will vary according to the season.  Each month we will feature a Georgia grown or locally grown fruit or vegetable in our cafeterias. 

How does USDA support meal service in School Nutrition Programs?

The USDA's Schools/Child Nutrition USDA Food Programs support domestic nutrition programs and American agricultural producers through purchases of domestic agricultural products for use in schools and institutions. Nutritious USDA - purchased food is provided to the following child nutrition programs:

National School Lunch Programs;

Child and Adult Care Food Program;

Summer Food Service Program; and the

School Breakfast Program

Georgia Dairies: