Two options for purchasing fresher or more economical products are utilizing local farmers and producers, and the Minnesota School Food Buying Group.
Veggie Variety: Students like fresh fruits and
vegetables, and local produce.
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Farm to School
Benefits of the Buying Group: The Minnesota
Food Buying Group offers lower costs and
good variety. Transcript (164 K PDF)
Minnesota School Food Buying Group (MSFBG)
Minnesota School Food Buying Group can help public school districts and public charter schools:
- Increase purchasing power and drive down the cost of commonly used foods.
- Identify sources of nutritious foods available for purchase by schools.
When you serve 350 students a menu of three items purchased with MSFBG participant prices, cost savings that really stackup! Find out more on Watch Your Savings Stack Up (412 K PDF).
The Anoka-Hennepin School District manages the Minnesota School Food Buying Group for member districts.
Other Recommended Resources
Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs — Food and Nutrition Service; United States Department of Agriculture — This guide helps you purchase the right amount of food, and for the food-based menu options, helps you determine the specific contributions each food makes toward meal pattern requirements.
Food Buying Guide Calculator — The University of Mississippi — This online calculator helps you with the process of ordering food for your program.
USDA Foods Toolkit — United States Department of Agriculture — A collection of valuable resources to assist you and to educate students, school staff, and the community about the healthy and nutritious contributions that USDA Foods provide to school meal programs.