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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.


Lera Karns
Contract Specialist
(608) 267-9288

Randy Jones
Assistant Director: Procurement and USDA Foods
(608) 267-2277

Jessica Oele, MS, RDN, CD
Contract Specialist
(608) 266-3296
Kassidy Wright
Contract Specialist
(608) 266-9686 

 Food Service Management Company (FSMC) Questions 


Karen Jardaneh, RDN, CD, SNS
Nutrition Program Consultant
(608) 267-9128

Debra Wollin, SNS
Nutrition Program Consultant 
(608) 267-3724

Legal Disclaimer

DPI does not review or judge the fairness, advisability, efficiency, or fiscal implications of the contract, or any amendment or addendum. DPI is not a party to any contractual relationship between the SFA and a distributor, vendor, or any other contracted organization. DPI is not obligated, liable or responsible for any action or inaction taken by the SFA and a distributor, vendor, or any other contracted organization. SFAs should always seek and obtain professional guidance and consultation from a lawyer or legal counsel before sending out a solicitation or entering into any type of agreement.

Furthermore, DPI does not endorse, nor does it guarantee the use of information and/or language contained in any procurement template or resource. Information has been gathered from multiple sources and is not the sole product of DPI. Resources are meant to be utilized as a starting point to help SFAs develop an understanding of what goes into a solicitation document for procurement of a vendor or distributor to provide goods or services. SFAs should develop their own internal solicitation and procurement processes and procedures that are representative of their unique local purchasing requirements. Read each section carefully and thoroughly.