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Soliciting Bids from Commercial Distributors for End Products

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PDF Icon FD-119: Processing (189.44 KB)
DATE: February 24, 2012
SUBJECT: Soliciting Bids from Commercial Distributors for End Products
TO: Regional Directors
Special Nutrition Programs
All Regions
State Directors
Child Nutrition Programs
All States

The attached memorandum, FD-119, provides clarification for the option to combine the solicitation of procurement of end products and commercial food products. Some school food authorities (SFA) may solicit bids for procurement of end products in their solicitation for procurement of commercial food products from commercial distributors, rather than conducting two separate solicitations. The memorandum also clarifies the requirements, and the parties responsible for ensuring compliance with requirements, in exercising this option. As in the past, please share this information with your SFAs.

Cynthia Long
Child Nutrition Division


Page updated: December 16, 2021

The contents of this guidance document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.