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“Why I’m Not” Pro’s and Con’s of Co-Operative Purchasing SNA Child Nutrition Industry Conference January 15, 2008. Kathleen C. Lazor, R.D Director, Div. of Food & Nutrition Services Montgomery County Public Schools Rockville, Maryland.

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“Why I’m Not”Pro’s and Con’s of Co-Operative PurchasingSNA Child Nutrition Industry ConferenceJanuary 15, 2008

Kathleen C. Lazor, R.D

Director, Div. of Food & Nutrition Services

Montgomery County Public Schools

Rockville, Maryland

montgomery county public schools at a glance
Montgomery County Public Schools at a Glance
  • Total enrollment: 137,745 students
  • MCPS is the 16th largest school system in the U.S. and the largest in Maryland
  • 201 schools
  • FY 2008 budget of $1.9 billion
division of food nutrition services dfns
Division of Food & Nutrition Services (DFNS)
  • 12 million meals served annually
  • FY 2008 budget = $46.7 million
  • Food and supplies budget = $16.3 million
  • School breakfast, lunch, after-school snacks
  • The Summer Food Service Program
  • Food Distribution Program
mcps dfns warehouse
MCPS DFNS Warehouse
  • Opened in the early 1980s
  • Refrigerated, frozen and dry storage
      • 22,500 square feet
  • Fleet of refrigerated trucks
  • Ability to receive full truckloads of product
  • Ability to receive product by truck or rail
mcps dfns central production facility
MCPS DFNS Central Production Facility
  • Opened in the mid 1990s
  • Ingredient control, cook-chill, salad-vegetable prep, bake center, pre-plate assembly
    • 24,000 square feet
  • Bulk purchasing
  • Utilization of USDA commodities
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Maryland

  • 24 Local Education Agencies (23 counties and Baltimore City)
    • 12 in Central Maryland, which includes the Baltimore/Washington DC area
    • 3 in Western Maryland
    • 9 on the Eastern Shore
size purchasing power
Size = Purchasing Power
  • Line Item vs. Aggregate Awards
  • Aggregate bids
    • Limits the number of vendors for the warehouse
    • Provides consistency among similar type items
size purchasing power1
Size = Purchasing Power
  • Timing of bids
    • Coincide with harvest/pack dates
    • Flexibility with start and end dates
    • Consolidation of bids
purchasing co operative not for mcps
Purchasing Co-Operative—Not for MCPS
  • Cost
  • Autonomy in decision making
  • Product preference
  • Meeting with manufacturer representatives and brokers