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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 United States Department of Agriculture 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 group A 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.

South State Co-op members order selected seasonal DOD produce through the pre-planner. Members are charged a service and handling fee for every case of produce delivered through the Pomona Distribution Center.

North State Co-op members order and receive produce directly from the DOD as needed and a $0.15 administrative fee is assessed by the State for each case of produce delivered.

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 $0.15 administrative fee is assessed by the State for each case of produce delivered.

4 -11 Funds (Cafeteria Funds) Spending

Agencies wishing to receive more produce through the Department of Defense can purchase produce with 4 -11 Funds (Cafeteria Funds). Agencies that choose to participate in 4-11 spending must sign an agreement with the state at the start of the school year. Agencies that choose this additional service will order produce directly from the DSO. The DSO will bill the agency for the actual cost of the produce.

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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