• Five Tips for Engaging with Suppliers

    Saint Paul Public Schools and Denver Public Schools are two Focus Learning Lab districts that successfully increased regional purchasing by engaging directly with school food suppliers. Here are their top tips for a school district looking to get started!Download

  • Maximize Your Regional Procurement Dollars with Forward-Contracting

    Forward-contracting establishes a price to be paid for a certain quantity of product to be provided at a future date, and can be a helpful tool for increasing regional procurement of produce and proteins. Learn how to craft forward-contracting into your next solicitation.Download

  • Supply Chain Basics: Frozen and Canned Produce in the Open Market

    The open market is a great option for frozen and canned fruit and vegetable procurement. Learn how this complex supply chain moves produce from growers to school districts.Download

  • Supply Chain Basics: Fruits and Vegetables from USDA Foods

    Schools can use their commodity entitlement dollars to order a variety of items through USDA Foods. Learn about fruits and vegetables available through USDA Foods.Download

  • Supply Chain Basics: How to Get More Fresh Produce from the Open Market

    The open market is a great option for fresh fruit and vegetable procurement. Learn how this complex supply chain moves produce from growers to school districts.Download

  • Exploring Regional Produce

    Focus partnered with USDA Agricultural Marketing Service on a cooperative agreement to enhance the regional produce procurement capacity of Detroit Public Schools. This report highlights findings from the project and identifies market opportunities for the district.Download