Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2018-0003
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. 

FD-144, SP04 SFSP01 CACFP04-2018
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2017-0043
Local Agency Procurement Reviews for School Food Authorities

The purpose of this memorandum is to amend guidance provided in SP 45-2016 Draft Tool for Local Agency Procurement Reviews for School Food Authorities in SY2016-2017 and to clarify Food and Nutrition Service expectations for state agency oversight of school food authority procurement procedures, as required in Program regulations at 7 CFR 210.21, 215.14a, 220.16, as applicable, and the government-wide regulations in 2 CFR 200.318-326.

SP39-2017
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2017-0041
Compliance with and Enforcement of the Buy American Provision in the NSLP

This memorandum replaces SP 24-2016, Compliance with and Enforcement of the Buy American Provision in the National School Lunch Program. It provides several updates, including suggested contract language to be utilized in solicitations, and serves to reinforce the importance of the Buy American provision to our economy and its positive effects on small and local businesses.

SP38-2017
Resource | Webinars/Videos
Integrity Features of a Web-based School Meal Application

This webinar details guidance and best practices for incorporating integrity-oriented design features into web-based school meal applications. 

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0075
Q&A: Purchasing Goods and Services Using Cooperative Agreements, Agents, and Third-Party Services

This memorandum provides general guidance on the various procurement groups FNS has identified, how to use each group in a way that complies with federal procurement standards, and supersedes SP 35-2012, Procuring Services of Purchasing Cooperatives, Group Purchasing Organizations, Group Buying Organizations, etc., dated June 12, 2012.

SP05 CACFP03 SFSP02-2017
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0026
Bonding Requirements for Food Service Management Companies and other Subcontractors

Under previous interpretation of 2 CFR 200.325, FNS communicated that “subcontracts exceeding the Simplified Acquisition Threshold” not only applied to subcontracts related to construction or facility improvement contracts, but also applied to Food Service Management Companies (FSMCs) as the contracts they have with School Food Authorities (SFAs) were considered to be subcontracts and, therefore, fell under the scope of the bonding requirements in 2 CFR 200.325

SP35-2016
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0011
School Food Authorities Purchasing Produce from Department of Defense Vendors using Section 4 and 11 FFVP Funds

This memorandum clarifies how School Food Authorities may use funds provided under Sections 4 and 11 or 19 of the National School Lunch Act to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from DoD Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program vendors.

FD-133
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0005
Discretionary Elimination of Reduced Price Charges in the School Meal Programs

The purpose of this memorandum is to clarify for state and local operators of the school meal programs the permissible use of funds from the nonprofit school food service account to lower or eliminate reduced price student meal charges.

SP17-2014
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2013-0036
Federal Small Purchase Threshold Adjustment

This memo clarifies the small purchase threshold applicable to procurements under FNS programs.

SP01 CACFP01 SFSP01-2013
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2010-0035
Further Clarification in Crediting for, and Use of, Donated Foods in Contracts with Food Service Management Companies

The attached memorandum is Food Distribution Policy Memo FD-110, which clarifies requirements in crediting for, and use of, USDA donated foods in contracts with food service management companies (FSMCs), and provides guidance to ensure compliance with such requirements in the first and final years of such contracts.

FD-110; SP05-2011