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USDA Foods – How to Use Planning Tools to Get Your Best Value

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February 23, 2022

The USDA Foods planning process and requests for the 22-23SY entitlement usage are upon us! How do you know whether to commit your entitlement to Direct Delivery, DoD, or Processing? There are so many tools available – USDA Foods Cost Analysis from USDA, calculators from processors, district created spreadsheets that didn’t come with any instructions – how do you find what is the best value for you and how can these tools work for you? Join us as we share some hands-on examples of how to use some of these tools, how to help you determine where to place your entitlement that works best for you, and how to track your progress throughout the year. This webinar is a combined effort of SNA and ACDA to help RAs and those who serve them find usable solutions to their USDA Foods dilemmas.

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  1. Identify useful tools for planning USDA Foods requests for 22-23SY and beyond.
  2. Navigate the USDA Cost Analysis Tool for USDA Foods planning.
  3. Compare best value of USDA Foods through utilization of USDA Foods planning tools.

SNA CEUs: 1.5
Key Area 2000: Operations
Key Topic 2400: Purchasing/Procurement
Sub Topic 2430: USDA Foods/DOD/Diverted Foods

CPEUs for RDNs and NDTRs
Activity Number:

Suggested Performance Indicators
13.1.1 Conducts needs assessments in collaboration with staff and organizations to determine overall department needs.
13.2.1 Adheres to and communicates relevant regulations, dietary guidelines, and organizational policies in menu development and implementation.
13.2.5 Participates in ongoing evaluation of menu items, quality of products, costs, nutritional values and client needs.

Suggested Learning Need Codes
  • 8110: School foodservice
CPEUs: 1.00
CPE Level: 1, 2
SNA CDR Provider Number: AM007

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

In partnership with:


  • Shelly Robinson

    Director of Procurement
    Southwest Foodservice Excellence
    Lubbock, TX

  • Garrick Howell

    ACDA Representative
    NSLP Program Coordinator
    Division of Food Distribution
    Frankfort, KY

  • Teresa Rogers, SNS

    Albie’s Food Products, LLC
    Regional Sales Manager, West

  • Erin Bronner, RD SNS

    Creighton Schools, AZ

  • Brian Donnellan

    Fidelis Information Systems Corp.

February 23, 2022
Wed 3:00 PM EST

Duration 1H 30M

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