Prototype Language for Return of Discounts, Rebates and Credits to School Food Authorities
The final rule, Procurement Requirements for the National School Lunch, School Breakfast and Special Milk Programs, was published in the Federal Register on Oct. 31, 2007. The rule explicitly: (1) limits a school food authority’s (SFA’s) use of nonprofit school food service account funds to costs resulting from proper procurements and contracts; (2) requires that allowable costs paid from the nonprofit school food service account be net of all discounts, rebates, and applicable credits; and (3) requires state agencies (SAs) to review and approve SFA procurements of food service management company services in advance of contract execution.
In response to several requests and to assist SAs and SFAs in their compliance efforts, we are providing the following prototype contract language requiring the return of purchase incentives to SFAs:
“The _________ _____________ School District shall ensure that ___ _______ (Company/Food Service Management Company) fully discloses all discounts, rebates, allowances, and incentives received by the Company from its suppliers. If the Company receives a discount, rebate, allowance, or incentive from any supplier, the Company must disclose and return to the _______ School District the full amount of the discount, rebate, or applicable credit that is received based on the purchases made on behalf of the ______ School District. All discounts, rebates, allowances, and incentives must be returned to the ________ School District during a mutually agreed upon timeframe that is beneficial to the School District.”
SFAs may also opt to use the language found in 7 CFR Part 210.21(f)(i):
“Allowable costs will be paid from the nonprofit school food service account to the contractor net of all discounts, rebates and other applicable credits accruing to or United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service 3101 Park Center Drive Alexandria, VA 22302-1500 AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER received by the contractor or any assignee under the contract, to the extent those credits are allocable to the allowable portion of the costs billed to the SFA.”
It is important that SFAs consult with their own legal counsel regarding the use of any particular contract language, to ensure that all federal, state and local requirements are met.
In addition to ensuring that SFA contracts contain appropriate language requiring the return of discounts, rebates, and applicable credits to the SFA, it is critical that SFAs monitor contract compliance on an ongoing basis and strictly enforce all contract provisions, including those related to the return of discounts, rebates, and applicable credits. In turn, SAs must implement the necessary safeguards and steps to ensure that the contract provisions are being enforced by SFAs and applicable incentives are actually recovered.
If you have any questions or concerns, state agencies should contact their regional offices.
Child Nutrition Division