NETCO is a School Food Service Cooperative in Northeast Tennessee. The cooperative is comprised of thirteen individual school systems serving an average of 50,000 students per day with an annual food budget of over six million dollars. NETCO, formed in 1997, includes the school systems of Bristol City, Carter County, Cocke County,Grainger County, Greeneville City, Hamblen County, Hawkins County, Jefferson County, Johnson City , Johnson County , Newport City, Rogersville City, Sullivan County and Unicoi County.

The mission of NETCO is to provide cooperative opportunities to optimally utilize all available resources for maintaining excellence within member School Nutrition Programs. Recognizing that School Nutrition Programs are an integral part of the total education process, NETCO strives to ensure program quality for participating members. The development of NETCO enhances the vision that School Nutrition Program professionals will continue to provide healthy school meals to all students.

NETCO seeks to create partnerships with manufacturers and suppliers who are dedicated to the needs and concerns of school food service. NETCO is committed to providing the best resources for its member districts. Part of this philosophy includes purchases from the direct market as well as the further processing of USDA commodities.

NETCO at a Glance

NETCO includes 14 School Districts with
138 Total Schools:

Total Enrollment  69,325
High School Enrollment  21,224
Middle School Enrollment  12,896
Elementary Enrollment  35,205
Total Reimbursable Lunches Served 7,705,560
$2.4 million Annual Ala Carte Sales


Annual Purchases:
Distributor Purchases: $9.9million

USDA Food Value Received: $2.8 million
USDA Processing Fees: $1.7 million
DOD Produce Purchases: $629,000 + additional local procurement
Milk, Dairy & Ice Cream: $2.3 million
Fresh Bread $298,000