North Carolina school nutrition programs serve millions of meals each year. Farmers interested in selling to schools need to understand how they do business, including procurement regulations, food safety requirements and specifications for produce. Find resources on each of these topics below including a general overview of how school nutrition programs buy produce here.
Food Safety on the Farm
Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) sets quality standards for fruits and vegetables. These standards are measurable and consider size, cosmetic and internal damage and overall quality of the product. The number of grades varies by crop. Buyers can determine what standards the product they are looking to purchase must meet.