This fact sheet contains information on buying groups, one option for collaborative food procurement, which can help school districts maximize nutrition program dollars while offering high quality food items to students.


  • Overview;

  • Benefits of a Buying Group;

  • Factors to Consider With a Buying Group;

  • Getting Started With a Buying Group;

  • Success Story: Eastern South Dakota Buying Group; and

  • Other Methods of Collaborative Food Procurement.