What is Procurement?

Procurement is the multi-step process used to obtain goods or services.


What are the rules?

These regulations must be followed for purchases made with Child Nutrition Program funds:

  • 2 CFR Part 200 (Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards)
  • 7 CFR Part 210, Part 215, Part 220, Part 225, Part 226, and other federally funded programs (USDA Child Nutrition Program regulations guidance and instructions)
  • Applicable State, local, and tribal laws, regulations and policies that are not in conflict with Federal requirements.


This guidance must be followed:

Buy American Provision

Purchasing Thresholds for Food, Services, Supplies and Equipment

Federal Micro-Purchase and Simplified Acquisition Thresholds

State of Michigan Competitive Bid Threshold for Local and Intermediate School Districts and Public School Academies


Templates and Resources

Informal Procurement Log

Informal Procurement Checklist


How are Child Nutrition Program sponsor procurement practices reviewed?

National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Sponsors have a 3-part compliance review, including an Administrative Review, Resource Management Review and Procurement Review. 

NSLP Procurement Reviews

Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program sponsors that do not participate in other programs, will have procurement reviewed during their regular administrative review

 CACFP Procurement Information

 SFSP Procurement Information


Quick Links:

CNP Food Service Contracts

NSLP Equipment Purchases

NSLP Procurement Reviews