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K-12 Food Buying Made Easy Through Cooperative Purchasing

Buying and selecting food programs for K-12 schools is a unique challenge. Between budget constraints and nutrition regulations, it proves to be a challenging task to find the right program. By leveraging your cooperative purchasing organization’s supplier partnerships, you can rest easy knowing your program was designed to tackle ever-changing guidelines while also allowing for flexibility to meet your district’s current needs.

Are you in the middle of a distribution contract that runs for a few more years? Is cost control and speed to savings the initial focus for your organization? Are you looking for fresh ideas, staff training and support? Transparency, program visibility and cost controls are our foundation. We strive to meet our customers where they are so that we can tailor our programs to best fit your needs.  

Interested in learning more? Hear directly from our subject matter expert in the video below to learn more about our K-12 food program. 

Keep reading to take a closer look at the value a cooperative food program brings your school districts.

Benefits of a Cooperative Food Program

We provide years of experience working with our supplier partners and participating agencies, enabling us to share insights from our entrepreneurial expertise and approach to the market. With a depth of resources, we aim to support our customers based on their mission and adapt as the industry changes and evolves. 

- Value Driven

When beginning your search for a food program, you want to look at the value beyond the product. Are you seeing any savings? Do you feel like you have a strong partnership with your supplier? Are you meeting your goals by using this program? These are all important questions to ask yourself when shopping around for the proper program. 

- Cost Savings

Utilizing a cooperative for all your food buying needs brings cost savings to your school. Our contracts are competitively solicited and publicly awarded to ensure you are receiving the best possible value. By leveraging national scale we are able to provide contracted pricing that can help you stay on budget.  

- Managed Program

One major benefit of cooperative purchasing is that we have a team that is constantly monitoring our agreements as well as the current market. 

“We offer reporting that continues to provide options for increased savings through maximizing usage of the contract items. We also track inflation to highlight problem areas and identify product solutions to combat these pressures. Our goal is to continually stay close to our customers’ goals and activities so we can continue to provide support and unique solutions.” 

Vanessa Perutelli, Senior Director, Strategic Supplier Relations | OMNIA Partners

Food programs are ever-evolving, and they need to be treated as so. Keeping a constant watchful eye on the industry is key to ensuring we offer our participants the best pricing and quality. 

Food Buying Strategy

When you need to re-evaluate your food program, look to your cooperative. Choose between the different options within their contract portfolio to find the solution that best fits your needs.  

Need snacks to compliment your food program? Child nutrition professionals can now shop for non-perishable, USDA compliant, Smart Snack foods through a dedicated Amazon Business storefront. 

Ready to explore your options? Contact us today!