In California, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) Nutrition Services and the Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) worked together from 2015-2017 to conduct an in-house produce processing feasibility study. The study considered potential to maximize local produce procurement and processing for the district, and also assessed potential for the district to process produce for sales to nearby food-service customers as a revenue stream. The study found that the district could shift up to $500,000 annually to local growers by processing local produce in-house. It also identified three customers for an initial vending pilot program. The full 42-page assessment report, Local Produce Processing in the Oakland Unified School District Central Kitchen, is available online.
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