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USDA COMMODITY PROGRAMS UPDATE

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  1. USDA COMMODITY PROGRAMS UPDATE Cathie McCullough, Director Food Distribution Division, USDA Legislative Action Conference, March 5, 2007

  2. SY 08 Foods Available- Meat

  3. SY 08 Foods Available - Poultry

  4. SY 08 Foods Available – Fresh

  5. SY 08 Foods Available - Fruit

  6. SY 08 Foods Available - Vegetables

  7. SY 08 Foods Available – Group B

  8. SY 08 Foods Available

  9. SY 2008 Foods Available - CP

  10. IMPROVING COMMODITIES • Enhance the foods available list to support the nutritional needs of recipients • Improve customer appeal of commodities • Provide product in more convenient form

  11. IMPROVING COMMODITIES To help meet recommendations from the 2005 DGAs: • Offering more whole wheat/grain items for SY 2008: • Whole wheat macaroni and spaghetti • Brown rice, Quick-cooking brown rice • Trans Fats • Reviewing commodities for trans fats levels • Requiring USDA commodity labels to address trans fats • Working to eliminate trans fats from frozen potato products

  12. IMPROVING COMMODITIES • Lowering sugar • USDA offers canned fruits packed in only juice and water, juice, or light syrup (exception is apple slices packed in water only) • No canned fruits are offered in heavy syrup • Changed spec to require unsweetened applesauce for schools and institutions • Lowering sodium content • All canned vegetables meet FDA’s “Healthy” standard for sodium (≤ 480 mg per serving)

  13. IMPROVING COMMODITIES OTHER IMPROVEMENTS: • Long-Term Contracts for Turkey • Test buys for whole turkey, roast, hams, deli breast, and deli breast smoked • Regular bi-weekly purchases for turkey items will continue • Reducing the fat in processed poultry products • Will allow processors to substitute meat, either dark or white, for fat and skin during processing at a 1 to 10 ratio • More flexibility to lower fat content in end products

  14. COMMODITY FACT SHEETS& GUIDANCE • Updating school commodity fact sheets • Surveyed States/schools for feedback • Fact Sheets to be completed Spring 2007 • Developed label guidance • 2 Fact Sheets on trans fats and allergens

  15. CFN Home Page www.commodityfoods.usda.gov

  16. CFN Website Migration • In the very near future, the look, feel, and organization of the CFN website will change. • The new site will contain all the information housed on the current site and more! • Please remember to reset your internet bookmarks since a few of the current URLs or addresses within the site may change when the new site is launched. • The new site is expected to be launched by May 1, 2007 or sooner. We’ll let you know. www.commodityfoods.usda.gov

  17. Sneak Preview www.commodityfoods.usda.gov/

  18. FY 2008 Farm Bill Proposals • Provide an additional $500 million over 10 years in F&V purchases for schools • Increase the overall Sec 32 F&V purchase minimum going to all domestic commodity programs by $2.75 billion over 10 years

  19. REWRITE OF 7 CFR Part 250 • Drafting 2 final rules based on comments received during summer 2006. They address: • Food service management companies • Commodity processing • Also drafting a proposed rule addressing delivery, distribution, inventory and other issues—we welcome your comments when published!

  20. TRAINING AND INFORMATION SHARING • Training in 2006: • State SNA meetings • Regional and State meetings • Industry/processor meetings • 2006 LAC and ANC Training in 2007: • LAC Pre-Conference Session • ACDA, March 2007 (Orlando, FL) • FD-101 for States, May 2007 (Alexandria, VA) • Commodity Track, July 2007 ANC (Chicago) We have a new training coordinator!

  21. DoD Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

  22. DoD Fresh F&V Program • DoD Fresh Program is an OPTION that States may OFFER to schools (not required to offer) • Since 2002: Farm Bill requires $50 million of entitlement to be spent annually through 2007 • The Program is intended to provide SOME/MORE fresh produce for schools • Section 4&11 funds MAY BE USED to buy more DoD produce in addition to the above entitlement purchases

  23. DoD Today • 47 States, DC, VI, PR, & Guam will participate in SY 07-08 • PA, KS, & DE are not setting aside commodity entitlement dollars for this option • About 20 States have chosen to utilize Section 4 & 11 funds in addition to or in lieu of entitlement dollars • SY 06-07 deliveries were delayed until Sept 06 as FNS switched to fiscal year allocation system (this system will continue)

  24. DoD Changes • New Procurement System - using Long-Term Contracts • Schools will have 24/7 access to “FFAVORS” (web-based ordering system) • Some DoD staff will remain in field to handle customer support & complaint issues • FFAVORS is expected to improve monitoring of orders at all levels

  25. ECOS

  26. ECOS Enhancements • Enhancements for Co-ops • Co-ops can roll-up member orders into full truckloads, or combine them with other ECOS users • Co-ops can access information on commodities available, entitlement, requisitions, delivery orders, etc. • Co-ops can manage orders for their members like the State does for recipient agencies

  27. Questions? Cathie McCullough cathie.mccullough@fns.usda.gov Ph: 703-305-2680