Procurement is the process of acquiring goods and services and is a requirement of the USDA Child Nutrition Programs.
Note: Always consult a legal professional before entering and signing any agreement.
Jessica Oele, MS, RDN, CD
Food Service Management Company (FSMC) Questions
Resources and Policy Memos
- Procurement Questions and Answers to Assist in the Implementation of the final rule titled Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs SP 17-2012, USDA, 02/23/12
- Procurement Questions SP 02-2010 SFSP 02-2010 CACFP 02-2010, USDA, 10/09/09
- Economic Price Adjustment in Vendor Contracts SP 10-2009, USDA, 01/23/09
- Reminder: Procurement Requirements for the National School Lunch, School Breakfast and Special Milk Programs (SMP)s SP 07-2009, USDA, 01/09/09
- Final Rule, Procurement Requirements for the National School Lunch, School Breakfast Program, and Special Milk Program (SMP)s SP 09-2008, USDA, 01/28/08
- School Districts and Federal Procurement Regulations SP 02-2007, USDA, 01/ 23/07
- April 2006 Procurement Questions SP 19-2006, USDA, 04/26/06
- Guidance on Competitive Procurement Standards for Program Operators SP 12-2016, SFSP 09-2016, CACFP 05, USDA, 11/13/15
- Requirements Related to Franchise Agreements SP 03-2016, CACFP 03, SFSP 03-2016, USDA, 11/6/15
- Questions and Answers on the Transition to and Implementation of 2 CFR Part 200 SP 02-2016, CACFP 02, SFSP 02-2016, USDA, 10/30/15
- Procurement and Service of Whole Grain Products FY 05 School Nutrition Programs, USDA, 10/22/04
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