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DOD Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program

Information regarding Department of Defense fresh produce available to participants of the National School Lunch Program.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a contract with the Department of Defense (DOD), Defense Supply Office (DSO) to provide fresh produce to recipient agencies. The Department of Defense Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Project is a service that allows agencies to use a portion of their entitlement money to order fresh fruits and vegetables.

Entitlement Spending

Warehouse agencies order selected seasonal DOD produce through the allocation process. Agencies are charged a service and handling fee for every case of produce delivered through the State Distribution Center.

State Co-op members order and receive produce directly from the DOD as needed and a $0.10 administrative fee is assessed by the State for each case of produce delivered. In instances where the DOD cannot provide direct delivery, State Co-op members order selected seasonal DOD produce through the pre-planner. Members are charged a service and handling fee of $2.60 for each case of produce delivered through the State Distribution Center.

Private Co-ops and direct ship agencies order domestically grown fresh fruits and vegetables directly from the DOD as needed. A private distributor delivers DOD produce to each agency. A $0.10 administrative fee is assessed by the State for each case of produce delivered.

DOD Fact Sheets
DOD Offering Schedule/List
External Food Service Personnel and Educators

USDA DOD Program Information External link opens in new window or tab.
Information on the DOD Program from the USDA.

Best Practices for Handling Fresh Produce in Schools External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
Handout for handling fresh fruits and vegetables.

Contacts

For Direct Ship and Private Co-ops Agencies
Marina Soto
Phone: 916-324-0577
Fax: 916-327-4004
E-mail: msoto@cde.ca.gov

For North State Co-op Agencies
Geovanna Toliver-Bean
Phone: 916-322-4014
Fax: 916-327-4004
E-mail: gtoliverbean@cde.ca.gov

For South State Co-op Agencies
Felisha Zuniga
Phone: 916-445-0404
Fax: 916-327-4004
E-mail: fzuniga@cde.ca.gov

For Warehouse Agencies
Amy Bell
Phone: 916-322-5051
Fax: 916-327-4004
E-mail: abell@cde.ca.gov

Southern California Defense Supply Office
Steve Covington
Phone: 213-216-4536
E-mail: steve.covington@dla.mil

Northern California Defense Supply Office
Reginald Ali
Phone: 510-812-4763
E-mail: reginald.ali@dla.mil
or
Genaro Cordova
Phone: 559-352-8837
E-mail: genaro.cordova@dla.mil

Questions: Amy Bell | abell@cde.ca.gov | 916-322-5051 
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