Processing of USDA-purchased foods allows eligible Contracting Entities (CEs) participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), such as school districts, to convert raw bulk USDA foods into more convenient, ready-to-use end products. Most entities find they can:
- Stretch their USDA Food dollars by ordering lower-cost bulk products;
- Increase food safety by eliminating handling of raw product in school food service operations; and
- Reduce labor costs and cash outlays for food preparation.
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