Why do schools order processed commodity foods rather than the raw foods?
According to the USDA website:
“Commodity processing allows state distributing agencies and eligible recipient agencies such as school districts to contract with commercial food processors to convert (donated) raw bulk USDA commodities into more convenient, ready-to-use end products. Most of the commodities processed through the program go to schools participating in the National School Lunch Program.
“Commodity processing expands donated food use from a limited number of commodities to a broader array of nutritionally sound, popular items, while keeping labor costs to a minimum. Also, state distributing agencies and food processing companies have learned that working together is mutually beneficial to the food industry and program participants alike.”