Workshop 12/2 – Selling to K-12 School Meal Programs

The following workshop is for farmers, producers, and vendors who sell or wish to sell directly to Vermont school meal programs.  

Selling to K-12 School Meal Programs: Understanding Your Customers’ Needs & Regulations

School meal programs represent a big marketing opportunity for Vermont producers and suppliers, purchasing more than $15 million worth of food and supplies last year.  However these programs must follow strict federal and state requirements for competitive procurement for every purchase they make.  These long-standing regulations are just now beginning to be enforced in Vermont, and many schools who were not previously complying them will begin to implement competitive procurement practices in the coming year.  This class will explain what these procurement regulations are, and what you, as a vendor, can expect from the schools you do business with.  In addition, we will spend some time discussing how the new school meal patterns and other federal regulations affect the products that schools will be looking to purchase, and what school food service managers wish you knew about doing business with their programs.  This class is for farmers, producers, distributors, and other businesses that sell (or wish to sell) directly to school meal programs.

When:                  December 2, 2014  9-11:30am

Where:                 UVM Extension Office, 23 Pond Road, Middlebury, VT

Instructors:         Abbie Nelson, NOFA Vermont & VT FEED, Rosie Krueger, VT Agency of Education, Child Nutrition Programs

RSVP:                    Email Annie Harlow at annie@acornvt.org, Addison County Relocalization Network (ACORN)

Cost:                      Free, $5 suggested donation for food and beverages

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