The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges to SUAs, AAAs, and local nutrition providers who deliver services to vulnerable older adults. Congregate meal sites have closed as a result of social distancing and these older adults are now served by home-delivered meal programs. Home delivered meal programs have adjusted their service provision methods and operations as a result of COVID-19. Providers are now sourcing shelf-stable and frozen meals to manage increased clients, social distancing, fewer employees, and volunteers along with tireless work schedules.
Maximizing the contracting process is important to secure quality meals products at the most competitive price. This document provides helpful steps to use when sourcing shelf-stable or frozen meals through a foodservice distributor or supplier(s).