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
Specification guidelines for products include:
Lower in fat and saturated fat
Higher in fiber and whole grains
Fresh fruits and vegetables
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.
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.
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
National School Lunch Programs;
Child and Adult Care Food Program;
Summer Food Service Program; and the
School Breakfast Program