After completing the FDP contract packet, CEs can access the Annual Surveys (aka Brown Box surveys) which are divided into specific food categories to assist the CE in maneuvering through the list of foods available for purchase from USDA. They are as follows:
- Survey – Beef, Pork, Poultry, Fish, and Eggs
- Survey – Dairy Items
- Survey – Fruits
- Survey – Staple Items (Grains, Flour, Pasta, Nuts, Seeds, Oil)
- Survey – Vegetables
TDA will close the Annual Surveys on March 1, 2017 to generate the first round of orders with USDA. The requests in the Annual Surveys that do not include sufficient quantity to order with USDA will be “cleared” in TX-UNPS. The “clearing” process will return entitlement to a CE’s available entitlement balance. Then TDA will re-open the Annual Surveys in early April to help the schools spend down their remaining entitlement.