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USDA Michigan Foods & Consortia Facts for School Year 2017/18

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) procures foods through direct appropriations from Congress, and under surplus-status and price-support activities. The foods are distributed to State Agencies for use by School Food Authorities (SFA) participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). On the average, USDA foods make up 15 to 20 percent of the product served at participating agencies in the form of beef, pork, fish, poultry, dairy, fruits, vegetables, oil and grain.  Some of those items are delivered in raw form while others are diverted to a manufacturer for further processing (chicken patties, pizza, cheese, etc).

To receive these foods, Michigan SFA’s choose one of three consortia, when completing their NSLP application, to participate in the direct diversion of USDA Foods. Membership in a consortium is a commitment for a period of one year.  Each consortium procures the distribution, warehousing, and processing of USDA Foods and Department of Defense (DoD) Fresh Fruit and Vegetables for all school districts in its consortium.  Schools that join a consortium will preorder USDA Foods beginning as early as November for delivery during upcoming school year.  Entitlement used for these purchases is calculated using prior year lunch counts multiplied by current commodity entitlement rate. For further program information, contact Jaime Malnar by e-mail or by phone 517-335-3792.


School Purchasing and Resource Consortium (SPARC)

Contact: Terri Sincock – 248-310-3988 or

Contact: Kathy Gutowski – 231-398-3695 or

Distributor: SYSCO Food Service

Great Lakes Consortium (GLC)

Contact: Nancy LaFave

Contact: Sherry Anderson

Distributor: Gordon Food Service (GFS)


Macomb Oakland RESA (MOR)

Contact: Chuck Wolford

Contact: Lori Adkins

Distributor: VanEerden

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