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What is Procurement

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

Child Nutrition Program Procurement

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  (Food and supply purchases)

Informal Procurement Checklist

MDE Procurement Plan Template


How are Child Nutrition Program sponsor procurement practices reviewed:


NSLP Procurement Information - new page coming soon

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

CACFP Procurement Information - new page coming soon

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

SFSP Procurement Information - new page coming soon


Where Can I Find Training?

USDA Market Basket Analysis When Procuring Program Goods

USDA Procuring Local Foods in Child Nutrition Programs Guide

NSLP Training



Quick Links:

CNP Food Service Contracts

NSLP Equipment Purchases

School Nutrition Program Procurement Reviews