Food Steward Ordering Tips and Tricks
General Ordering Tips and Tricks
- When an order from SBA comes through check every item before signing the receipt. A lot of times an item won’t be delivered off the truck at all, sometimes they’ll have it on the truck and will go back to get it for you. If an item isn’t delivered, email Judy and she’ll let you know what’s up - sometimes she’ll have to reach out to the vendor to make sure you’re not charged.
- Make a food preference survey at the beginning of each term and send to your house.
- Some questions you can ask:
- Dietary preferences (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, lactose intolerant, etc.)?
- Favorite vegetables and fruits?
- Favorite snacks?
- Which foods would you like to see always in stock?
- Should we order coffee and/or tea?
- What are your favorite protein sources?
- What consumable goods would you like to see purchased (ex. paper towels, soap, q-tips, tampons, etc.)?
- What products should we buy fair trade?
- What products should we buy local?
- Ordering in quantities that are less than case pack are going to be more expensive. The vendor has to recoup the labor and packaging costs that go into splitting case quantities.
- Frog Holler will let you pick your split case quantity if there is a price in the "breakout" column. Simon Leeman has predetermined split case quantities for you to work with.
- Potatoes are listed by size and/or grade.
- Baking potatoes are sized by how many potatoes in a case. i.e. a 100 count potato would be smaller than a 90 count, etc.
- If you don't need the potato to be "pretty on the plate" like a baked potato, the utility potato is your best option.
- Piece fruit, (Apples, oranges, pears etc.) are graded the same way.
- Only buy tofu, tempeh or alternative milks from the produce vendor if you are trying to bulk up your order to meet the minimum for delivery. Those products are less expensive on a Rosewood or UNFI order.