Outsourcing hikes price of fruits and vegetables

Aug. 24, 2007
Many North Carolina schools say they can't afford the added costs of produce.

The price of some North Carolina fruit and vegetables sold under a popular federal school lunch program has nearly doubled since the U.S. Department of Defense outsourced the contract to a Guilford County company. Foster-Caviness Foodservice of Colfax, a produce distributor that recently won a $37.6 million contract to supply military bases and school lunch programs across the state is levying a new $4.30-a-case surcharge. As a result of the added expense, some schools will be able to buy only about half as much under the farm-to-school program as they did last year. Other school districts may decide to drop out altogether.

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