CACFP institutions must procure all goods and services using the procurement regulations found in 7 CFR 226.22 and 2 CFR Part 200.317-326. Additional guidance on procurement can be found in FNS Instruction 796-2 Rev. 4 and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Guidance Memorandum #4: Procurement Requirements for the Purchase of Food, Supplies, and Services: https://dpi.wi.gov/community-nutrition/cacfp/child-care/memos.
- USDA: Procuring Local Foods for Child Nutrition Programs
Across the country, an increasing number of child nutrition program operators are sourcing local foods and providing complementary educational activities that emphasize food, agriculture, and nutrition. While interest and enthusiasm for buying local foods has grown across the country, uncertainty about the rules for purchasing locally grown products persists. This resource is designed primarily for school food professionals operating a National School Lunch or School Breakfast Program. However the many lessons for identifying and procuring locally grown and produced food are broadly applicable to operators of various federal child nutrition programs, such as the Summer Food Service Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.
- National Farm to School Network - Farm to Early Care and Education, Local Procurement for Child Care Centers