Food DistributionSpecial Announcements
- The initial estimated commodity assistance rate is .2325 cents per meal for SY 2013-14 based on Bureau of Labor statistics and the Producer Price Index. The actual commodity assistance rate will be set by congress and published in the Federal Register.
- Remember, our commodity distribution contracts allow distributors to charge a 20 case minimum drop. If you ask for less than 20 cases per drop you can be billed as if 20 cases were delivered.
- Processors of USDA foods are required to ship no less than 50 cases of the same finished product per load. Distributor warehouse slots are no longer sufficient to receive, store and distribute all the new product samples. If public school districts need processor samples, ask your broker to ship/mail them directly to you.
- Schools should use USDA foods within six months of arrival. Our commodity distribution contracts allow distributors to double storage fees per case after six months of storage. USDA foods remaining in distributor storage longer than 12 months may be transferred by our office to other agencies that can more readily use them.
- Please let us know if you are experiencing any reoccurring delivery problems from your USDA foods distributor. You can review a copy of our contract for distribution of USDA commodities general terms by visiting our Forms page or download a copy for reference.
- The Virginia Department of Education has again provided funds to defray a portion of the SY 2013-2014 delivery fees on behalf of schools in Virginia. Contract distributors of USDA commodities will be crediting delivery and storage fees to Virginia schools during school year 2013-2014 until these funds run out. Contact your Regional Commodity Manager if you believe you did not receive a credit from your USDA food distributor.
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