Resource | Policy Memos | FD-144, SP 04-2018, SFSP 01-2018, CACFP 04-2018
Market Basket Analysis when Procuring Program Goods and Modifying Contracted-For Product Lists

This memorandum provides guidance to state distributing agencies and recipient agencies on the use of market basket analysis in procuring processed end products for USDA Foods in Schools and commercial goods for the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Summer Food Service Program, and Child and Adult Care Food Program. 

Resource | Policy Memos | FD-133
School Food Authorities Purchasing Produce from Department of Defense Vendors using Section 4 and 11 FFVP Funds

This memorandum clarifies how School Food Authorities (SFAs) may use funds provided under Sections 4 and 11 or 19 of the National School Lunch Act (NSLA), 42 U.S.C. 1751, to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from DoD Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (DoD Fresh) vendors.

Resource | Policy Memos | FD-119
Soliciting Bids from Commercial Distributors for End Products

The procurement of goods and services in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) must be conducted in a manner that ensures free and open competition, in accordance with Federal regulations under 7 CFR Part 3016 or 7 CFR Part 3019, as applicable, and must also comply with procurement requirements in 7 CFR 210.21. This is true for procurement of both commercial food products and end products produced through the further processing of USDA donated foods (hereinafter referred to as "end products"). In most cases, school food authorities (SFAs) solicit bids for procurement of commercial food products from commercial distributors and, in a separate solicitation, solicit bids for procurement of end products from processors, even when identical food products are sold commercially through distributors. In this policy memorandum, we clarify that the SFA may, in some cases, include bids for procurement of end products in its solicitation for procurement of commercial food products from commercial distributors, rather than conduct two separate solicitations. This policy memorandum also clarifies the requirements, and the parties responsible for ensuring compliance with requirements, in exercising such option. Although the memorandum focuses on SFA procurements in NSLP, it is also applicable to procurements conducted by recipient agencies in other child nutrition programs.