Yes. Through a partnership with the Department of Defense the USDA has made available fresh fruit and vegetables that can be purchased with entitlement funds. This program is known as the DoD Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.
Any school personnel responsible for unloading and checking (counting) the inventory can sign the receipt. Schools are strongly encouraged to check orders at time of delivery. If product is found to be missing at a later date credit cannot be issued.
Yes, only with prior authorization from the State Agency. However, the school will still be charged a delivery fee from Keck, Inc. The advantage of picking up product is being able to use it sooner than the delivery schedule might permit.
The State Agency has two warehouses that store USDA Foods. The State agency distributes food to schools from these locations. They are located in Des Moines and Mason City and are currently managed by Keck, Inc. out of Des Moines, Iowa. Keck, Inc.
The USDA Foods Advisory Council is a committee of SFAs and staff who represent schools from across the state. The USDA Foods Advisory Council determines which USDA Foods to process into ready to use end products.