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Best of #LAC19: Group Purchasing Cooperatives: Should You Buy In?

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September 11, 2019

Cooperative purchasing agreements are an efficient method to procure goods and services, but with so many variables it can be hard to know where to begin. As presented at #LAC19, this webinar will provide insight from two different purchasing groups and a state agency perspective, so you can learn if group purchasing is right for you, how it works, and what’s required.

Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDNs/NDTRs.

  1. Describe the cost-saving benefits of group purchasing.
  2. Develop a list of questions to consider before joining a co-op.
  3. Explain how co-ops differ in small and large districts.
SNA CEUs: 1.00
Key Area 2: Operations
Key Topic 2400: Purchasing/Procurement
Subtopic 2450: Cooperative Purchasing Groups

CPEUs for RDNs and NDTRs
Activity Number: 150246

Suggested Performance Indicators

  • 14.2.5 Interprets operational data and financial statements to manage programs and services within budget.
  • 14.3.1 Defines the project parameters in collaboration with key stakeholders.
  • 14.3.6 Tracks progress and completion of deliverables and takes action to keep project within scope.
Suggested Learning Need Codes
  • 8110: School Foodservice
CPEUs: 1.00
CPE Level: 2, 3
SNA CDR Provider Number: AM007

Please note you have the option to submit an evaluation on the quality of this webinar directly to the Commission of Dietetic Registration. Email contact:

SNA CEUs and CPEUs are awarded after the successful completion of the post-webinar quiz.

  • PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)


  • Brian Davis

    Community Outreach Coordinator
    Ohio Department of Education
    Columbus, OH

  • Lori Adkins, MS, SNS

    SNA President
    Child Nutrition Consultant
    Oakland Schools
    Waterford, MI

  • Kristen Hennessey

    Director of Nutrition Services and Procurement
    Plymouth-Canton Community Schools
    Plymouth, MI

  • Heather Torrey, MS, RD, SNS

    Assistant Director for Compliance
    Burlington School Food Project
    Burlington, VT

September 11, 2019
Wed 2:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 15M

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