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USDA Child Nutrition Programs Procurement Regulations

Government-wide procurement regulations are published in 2 CFR 200.318-326.

Procurement Standards

Refer also to updated policy memos on the small purchase and micro-purchase thresholds.

National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions.

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

The SFSP provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946.

School Breakfast Program (SBP)

The School Breakfast Program provides cash assistance to states to operate nonprofit breakfast programs in schools and residential childcare institutions. The program is administered at the federal level by FNS. State education agencies administer the SBP at the state level, and local school food authorities operate the program schools.

The federal procurement requirements for the SBP are published in 7 CFR 220.16

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

During the school year, many children receive free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch through the School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program. What happens when school lets out? Hunger is one of the most severe roadblocks to the learning process. Lack of nutrition during the summer months may set up a cycle for poor performance once school begins again. Hunger also may make children more prone to illness and other health issues. The Summer Food Service Program is designed to fill that nutrition gap and make sure children can get the nutritious meals they need.

The federal procurement requirements for the SFSP are published in 7 CFR 225.17

See also memorandum CACFP/SFSP 09-2008 below for updated policy on the small purchase threshold.

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

CACFP plays a vital role in improving the quality of day care for children and elderly adults by making care more affordable for many low-income families. through CACFP, nearly 3 million children and 90,000 adults receive nutritious meals and snacks each day as part of the day care they receive.

The federal procurement requirements for the CACFP are published in 7 CFR 226.22

Page updated: November 09, 2023