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USDA COMMODITY PROGRAMS UPDATE Cathie McCullough, Director Food Distribution Division, USDA Legislative Action Conference, March 5, 2007 SY 08 Foods Available - Meat SY 08 Foods Available - Poultry SY 08 Foods Available – Fresh SY 08 Foods Available - Fruit

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usda commodity programs update
USDA COMMODITY PROGRAMS UPDATE

Cathie McCullough, Director

Food Distribution Division, USDA

Legislative Action Conference, March 5, 2007

improving commodities
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
improving commodities11
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
improving commodities12
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)

improving commodities13
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
commodity fact sheets guidance
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
cfn home page

CFN Home Page

www.commodityfoods.usda.gov

cfn website migration
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

sneak preview
Sneak Preview

www.commodityfoods.usda.gov/

fy 2008 farm bill proposals
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
rewrite of 7 cfr part 250
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!
training and information sharing
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!

dod fresh f v program
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
dod today
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)
dod changes
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
ecos enhancements
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
questions
Questions?

Cathie McCullough

[email protected]

Ph: 703-305-2680

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