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What is Procurement

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

Child Nutrition Program Procurement

Federal Regulation:


MDE Templates and Resources

Procurement Quick Reference Guide - Updated August 2023

MDE Procurement Plan Template

Micro-Purchase Log

Emergency Purchase Log

Informal Procurement Log (Food and supply purchases)

Informal Procurement Checklist

CNP: Procurement 101

CNP: Procurement Reviews

Annual Bid Threshold

Buy American


Program Specific Information

NSLP Procurement Information

CACFP Procurement Information

SFSP Procurement Information


USDA Program Guidance

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) issues guidance memos with clarification and additional information on specific topics. Memos and guidance relevant to procurement in Child Nutrition Programs are shown below. Additional USDA guidance is available here: FNS Documents & Resources | Food and Nutrition Service (

Updates to the Federal Micro-Purchase Threshold in 2 cfr200.320(a)(1) - (SP 02-2022, CACFP 03-2022, SFSP 01-2022 (Corrected): 12/15/2021)

Federal Micro-Purchase and Simplified Acquisition Thresholds - (SP20 CACFP07 SFSP06-2019: 10/30/2019)

Buy American and the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 - (SP32-2019: 08/15/2019)

Market Basket Analysis when Procuring Program Goods and Modifying Contracted-For-Produce Lists - (FD-144, SP04 SFSP01 CACFP04-2018: 01/18/2018)

Compliance with and Enforcement of the Buy American Provision in the NSLP - (SP38-2017: 06/30/2017)

Q&A: Purchasing Goods and Services Using Cooperative Agreements, Agents, and Third-Party Services - (SP05 CACFP03 SFSP02-2017: 10/19/2016)

Guidance on Competitive Procurement Standards for Program Operators - (SP12 CACFP05 SFSP09-2016: 11/13/2015)

Procurement Standards and Resource Management Requirements Related to Franchise Agreements - (SP03 CACFP03 SFSP03-2016: 11/06/2015)

Questions and Answers on the Transition to and Implementation of 2 CFR Part 200 - (SP02 CACFP02 SFSP02-2016: 10/30/2015)

Procuring Local Meat, Poultry, Game and Eggs for Child Nutrition Programs - (SP01 CACFP01 SFSP01-2016: 10/22/2015)

Office of Management and Budget Super-Circular - 2 CFR Part 200 - (SP30 CACFP16 SFSP18-2015: 03/18/2015)

Written Codes of Conduct and Performance of Employees Engaged in Award and Administration of Contracts - ( SP09 CACFP03 SFSP02-2015: 11/21/2014)

Procurement Geographic Preference Q&As – Part II - (SP03 CACFP02 SFSP02-2013: 10/09/2012)

Procurement Q&As to Assist in the Implementation of the Final Rule: Nutrition Standards in the NSLP and SBP - (SP17-2012: 02/23/2012)

Procurement Geographic Preference Q&As - (SP18-2011: 02/01/2011)

Geographic Preference for the Procurement of Unprocessed Agricultural Products in the Child Nutrition Programs - (SP08 CACFP05 SFSP06-2010): 11/13/2009

Procurement Questions - (SP02 CACFP02 SFSP02-2010: 10/09/2009)

Applying Geographic Preferences in Procurements for the Child Nutrition Programs - (SP01 CACFP01 SFSP01-2010: 10/09/2009)

Economic Price Adjustments in Vendor Contracts - (SP10-2009: 01/23/2009)

Reminder: Procurement Requirements for the National School Lunch, School Breakfast and Special Milk Programs - (SP07-2009: 01/09/2009)

Prototype Language for Return of Discounts, Rebates and Credits to School Food Authorities - (SP21-2008: 05/01/2008)

Allowability of Procurement Fees in School Food Authority Contracts - (SP15-2008: 03/12/2008)

Final Rule, Procurement Requirements for the National School Lunch, School Breakfast and Special Milk Programs - (SP09-2008: 01/28/2008

School Districts and Federal Procurement Regulations - (SP02-2007: 01/23/2007)

Buy American Reminder - (SP29-2006: 08/09/2006)

April 2006 Procurement Questions - (SP19-2006: 04/25/2006)

Record-Keeping Requirements - (SP16-2006: 03/10/2006)


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