Monday, May 30, 2022

Vendor Feature: School Nurse Supply

School Nurse Supply has been distributing medical, first aid supplies, and equipment to schools all over the country since 1997. It is their desire to become your first choice when ordering school nurse supplies due to their combination of high-quality products, personalized customer service, and competitive pricing.


  • Price matching: School Nurse Supply will match competitors and advertised prices
  • Real people on the phone: Always speak to a live person when you call (800-485-2737, Monday through Friday, 7am–5pm CST)
  • Quick shipping options: Most orders ship within 24 hours
  • Free shipping on orders over $75 ($7.15 for orders under $75)
  • Customer service: No-hassle return policy
  • Convenient Billing: Orders will not be billed until shipments are complete
  • Iowa schools receive a discount on all catalog items: Reference BID #AEA HEALTH 2018 on orders, POs, emails, etc.

Looking to stock up for the 22-23 school year? Take advantage of School Nurse Supply's spring cleaning sale! Download the sale flier with pricing here.

For more information on products and contract pricing, contact:

School Nurse Supply
Jeff Giesel

Friday, May 27, 2022

May Program Highlights

Here's the latest in news from AEA Purchasing!

Hubert Contract
AEA Purchasing has recently awarded a contract with Hubert for institutional kitchen equipment. From prepping and cooking to keeping things cold, Hubert provides the equipment. We provide the savings! Contact Joni for more information.

School Nutrition: Food for Thought
School food programs matter! Take a look at the research compiled by our Food program staff on the impact of school nutrition programs on obesity rates as well as the need for consistent standards across all federal nutrition programs.

Learning Tree Webinar
JourneyEd and Language Tree is hosting a 30-minute webinar on June 7. The title of the webinar is, “How to Support Secondary English Learners with Standards-Based Assessments and Curriculum.” Those interested in attending can register here.

Foodservice Purchasing Program
Our Foodservice program covers everything your school might need to keep your cafeteria in order. For a list of vendor partners in this area as well as an outline of products under contract, click here!

Vendor Promotions
Want to know more about our vendor partners and what they have available? Check out this month's Vendor Promotions folder! Special offers, flyers, and brochures are added daily.

Want more? Follow us on social media to see what we are up to! You can find us on Twitter and Facebook!

The Search for Breakfast Pizza

The search for breakfast pizza has been difficult this year, and member schools have reached out seeking alternatives. As an amazing alternative to the ready bake options school districts were used to offering, AEA Purchasing's Clif Cameron offered to assist in creating standardized recipes for members, and several schools took him up on the offer! 

There is no "one shoe fits all" approach. Schools have different staffing and kitchen resources as well as customer preferences. So Clif took the time to work with each director to customize a recipe that they can hopefully use for years to come, product shortages or not. 

BONUS - Clif Cameron was invited to Trinity Lutheran School in Cedar Rapids at the beginning of April to assist in training staff on the new pizza recipe and pairing of a " Rainbow Thai Noodle Salad " recipe. Now that is a WIN-WIN! 

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

School Nutrition: Food for Thought

For AEA Purchasing's Food program staff, school nutrition is more than just food on a cafeteria plate. We look at all angles of the operation and work hard to educate the public on the importance of a well-rounded program that meets the economic and dietary needs of every child.

In this research-based article on nutrition programs, we highlight the positive impact school food programs have on childhood obesity rates as well as the need for consistent standards across all federal nutrition programs.

If you have questions related to the article or would like to start a conversation with our staff regarding your school's nutrition program, reach out to Meg Brink, Food Program Consultant, at

We'd love to hear from you.

Monday, May 23, 2022

Contract Profile: Lakeshore Learning

AEA Purchasing is excited to highlight one of our newest vendor partners -- Lakeshore Learning

Lakeshore Learning believes in creating products that matter. Developed by teachers for teachers, their hands-on learning materials are meticulously crafted to help children reach developmental and academic milestones through sixth grade, with furniture designed for any learning space through middle school. Plus, all Lakeshore products are backed by their unconditional guarantee of customer satisfaction. Lakeshore Learning is proud to offer comprehensive services like Complete Classrooms®, user-friendly eProcurement, and targeted professional development—making Lakeshore the one-stop-shop for all your classroom needs.

View the Lakeshore Learning contract flyer here!

Using the AEA Purchasing contract, Iowa schools can save all of their furniture purchases through Lakeshore Learning. For product pricing and quotes, please contact:

Lakeshore Learning
Tyler Domski
(800) 421-5354
Reference bid # 022-A

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Meal Transportation Equipment

This time of year seems to be busier than ever planning for summer feeding needs and looking into plans for the next school year.  Is your school looking for meal transportation equipment?

Together with Rapids Wholesale (our smallwares Prime Vendor), now seems to be the perfect time to highlight some of the meal transportation options available on the AEA Approved Market Basket, showcasing both the Cambro GoBox and the Metro MightyLite products for temperature-holding meal transportation with an ultra-light design and high strength-to-weight ratio. 

If you are interested in learning more about the ways our foodservice program can serve your school district, let's chat! Reach out to Meg today!

Monday, May 16, 2022

Final Days for Our Summer Paper Buy!

Our Summer 2022 paper buy closes THIS Friday, May 20!
Get your order in today to avoid missing our deadline.

Complete information (including the order forms) is available online within the AEA Purchasing Marketplace. Once logged in, scroll down to the “Featured Suppliers” section (middle of page) and click on “Paper Buy”.

Order forms are available online only! 

Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to access the order form. There will be NO paper order forms delivered to schools.

Bid features include:
  • Wide variety of paper weights, colors, and sizes
  • Additional discounts for orders of 840 cartons of white or greater
  • Letter and catalog envelopes
*As a reminder, when you order using the AEA Purchasing contract, you are not only supporting local educational services, but also our economy. Our awarded vendor, The Paper Corporation, is an Iowa-based company proudly located in Des Moines!

Friday, May 13, 2022

Food Program Steering Committees Tour Martin Bros. Warehouse

It's a feel-good Friday today at AEA Purchasing! 

Our food program Steering Committees embarked on a new adventure this spring! Participating member schools were invited to collaborate with other committees in Cedar Falls, discuss and vote on new food items for the next school year, and wrapped up the day with a warehouse tour of Martin Bros. Distributing -- AEA Purchasing's "Prime Vendor" for food. 

This was a great experience to put on the books! Thank you to all that made this happen.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Vendor Profile: Capitol Electronics

By utilizing the evolution of technology, Capitol Electronics Inc. (CEI) helps to create safer communities and workspaces. 

CEI’s products are specific to security solutions. Their wireless and mobile GPS Panic Buttons with 2-second notifications can save lives by accelerating the arrival of first responders. Capable of using a variety of wireless and network-driven sensors, CEI provides a flexible solution to fit facilities of all sizes. With 1 press of a button, you are 2 seconds from help being on the way.

Along with their unique direct to radio capacity, CEI can layer and create customized combinations to send communication outputs through email, text, computer pop-ups, integrate into PA systems, access controls, cameras, and much more.

Additional solutions under contract include:

  • Non-contact thermal temperature scanners
  • Lightning suppression technology
  • Virus/pathogen eliminating technology
A contract price sheet is available upon request. Please email for contract pricing.

Interested in what Capitol Electronics has to offer? Contact:

Capitol Electronics
Wendy Justice
Bid Reference: #021

Thursday, May 5, 2022

May Vendor Promos!

Have you checked out the latest info and specials from our vendor partners?
What are you waiting for? 

Check out our May vendor promotions today! New content is added daily.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Contract Profile: Hillyard

Hillyard is AEA Purchasing's awarded partner for cleaning supplies and facility maintenance services. 

As a manufacturer and distributor of cleaning and hygiene solutions, Hillyard's focus is to help people deliver clean, safe, and healthy facilities.

Products and services covered under the contract include:

  • General cleaning and maintenance supplies
  • Hand hygiene systems
  • Surface disinfection and cleaning
  • Wood sports floor care
  • Paper and liner products
  • Automated cleaning equipment
  • Sustainable alternatives
  • and more...
Iowa schools can save on all of the above and more with AEA Purchasing contract #IFB-019-B.

For price quotes and/or additional information, contact:

Jayme Mau

*Be sure to reference AEA Purchasing contract #IFB-019-B in all communication with the vendor.

Happy saving!