Produce Calculator

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A Produce Calculator program is available at no cost to help food service providers and producers easily calculate quantities and costs of various fresh fruits and vegetables needed by a school food program.

The spreadsheet program calculates poundage needed from a farmer, based on the school’s desired number of servings and serving size. It also calculates the per-serving cost based on the price of the produce. Conversion calculations for the produce are based on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs.

The Produce Calculator is available in a downloadable format at www.okfarmtoschool.com/resources/fts-distro-foodsafetymanual. To use, provide the number of servings to be prepared based on a ¼-cup or 3/8-cup serving size and the price per pound of the produce item. The calculator figures the pounds of produce needed to provide that number of servings and the cost per serving. For items such as melons, the calculator can estimate the number of melons to be purchased using a standard melon size/weight. For berries, the program estimates the quantity in quarts of berries to be ordered. For larger serving sizes, such as ½-cup portions, double the ¼-cup quantities and cost per serving.

The Produce Calculator was developed for the Oklahoma Farm to School Program by Chris Kirby, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Oklahoma City, OK;  Dawn Holt, Edmond, OK; and Doug Walton, Walton Farms, Muskogee, OK.

The calculator can be used by schools, colleges, universities, restaurants, daycare facilities, caterers and other businesses where fresh fruits and vegetables are served.

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