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Food Purchasing


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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

 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

 

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

 

(1)        mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

 

(2)        fax: (202) 690-7442; or

 

(3)        email: program.intake@usda.gov

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.



 

De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.

 

Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de señas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.

 

Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en línea en: How to File a Complaint. y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por:

 

(1)        correo: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

 

(2)        fax: (202) 690-7442; o

 

(3)        correo electrónico:: program.intake@usda.gov

 

Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.