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Federal and State Procurement Regulations

School food authorities must comply with the requirements "passed down" to them from Congress, OMB, USDA, and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).
Schools must comply with:
  • 2 CFR 200;
  • USDA Program regulations (7 CFR Part 210, Part 215, Part 220 and other Federally fund programs), guidance, and instructions;
  • State law, regulations, and policies that are not in conflict with Federal requirements; and
  • Local law, regulations, and policies that are not in conflict with Federal requirements.
These regulations are important because it ensure taxpayers' funds are used properly, and that schools are receiving the best and most responsive product at the lowest possible price.

Procurement and Nonprofit School Food Service Account Funds

Schools can use funds from the nonprofit school food service account to do the following:
  1. Purchase food, supplies, and equipment required for the school’s meal preparation and service;
  2. Purchase prepared meals from vendors or joint preparatory schools;
  3. Pay food service management companies (FSMCs) to operate their food service or carry out significant food service functions; and
  4. Pay for labor and other administrative and operational costs related to the food service.
Any funds from the nonprofit school food service account used to procure goods or services must be used according to:
  • the uniform government wide requirements found in 2 CFR 200, which implement program specific requirements found in the School Nutrition Program regulations (7 CFR Part 210, Part 215, and Part 220).

Procurements made by schools that are not in accordance with the government wide and program specific requirements cannot be paid for with nonprofit school food service account funds.

Below are links to some of the regulations discussed above: