Palm Beach County Schools To Spend $600,000 On Ice Cream Treats

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BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The Palm Beach County School Board is preparing to renew a $600,000 contract for “ice cream” treats for students. The ice cream is “reduced fat” and is provided by a company run by Miami-Dade County residents James and Margaret Craven who live on SW 82nd Avenue in Pinecrest.

The Cravens run “Food Fantasies, Inc.” The contract will be a renewal of an agreement the company currently has with the Palm Beach County School District — although the new contract includes significant price increases. The were apparently no competitors for the bid.


A case of Cake Bar Eclairs, Ice Cream Sandwiches, and Iced Milk Cups is rising from $8.20 to $10.20. A case of vanilla/chocolate cones, birthday cake cones, and cookie crumble cones is rising from $9.20 to $11.64. And a case of whole fruit cups is rising from $31.00 to $32.64.

The Palm Beach County School Board is expected to approve the contract, writing the following in a document obtained by BocaNewsNow.com.

Writes the school district’s legal office: “All items purchased under this Bid are verified that they meet the USDA’s nutritional standard for the Smart Snacks in School Guidelines prior to delivery to school cafeterias District-wide.

The First Amendment renews the Contract for one year beginning January 1, 2023 through December 31, 2023 and allows Food Fantasies, Inc. d/b/a Frozen Treats to make equitable price adjustments due to rapidly inflated product production costs and labor costs resulting in a revision of the bid awarded pricing as referenced in Exhibit A-1 of this First Amendment.  

Per Purchasing Department’s procedures, prior to finalizing the decision to renew this contract, the Office of Diversity was contacted to determine if there were any District certified SBE vendors for this commodity. They identified one vendor registered for this commodity.  The vendor was contacted and provided the requirements of this bid and they were not able to meet those requirements at this time.   Therefore, a business decision was made to renew this contract.”

Read the complete renewal agreement, below.



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