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Inventories and Prepaid Items

Inventories consist of expendable supplies held for consumption in the course of District operations. The valuation of the inventories is based on various methods and is presented at cost. Warehouse (including purchased foods and supplies used by the District’s Food and Nutrition Services Department), maintenance, telecommunications, technology services, and transportation items are based on a weighted average. Fuel inventories are stated at last quoted price at June 30, 2021. The United States Department of Agriculture surplus commodities are stated at their fair value as determined at the time of donation to the District’s food service program by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Bureau of Food Distribution. The costs of inventories are recorded as expenditures when used rather than purchased.

Certain payments to vendors reflect costs applicable to future accounting periods and are recorded as prepaid items in both the government-wide and fund financial statements. The purchase method is used to account for prepaid items.