School Food Authorities Purchasing Produce from Department of Defense Vendors using Section 4 and 11 FFVP Funds
This memorandum clarifies how School Food Authorities may use funds provided under Sections 4 and 11 or 19 of the National School Lunch Act to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from DoD Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program vendors.
Offering School Food Authorities the Required Value and Variety of USDA Foods, and Efficient and Cost-Effective Distribution
The purpose of this policy memorandum is to provide direction and guidance to State Distributing Agencies (SDAs) in order to ensure compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements, and to make certain that all school food authorities (SFAs) receive their planned assistance level and maximize their use of USDA Foods to meet the nutrition standards in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
In this policy memorandum, we clarify that the SFA may, in some cases, include bids for procurement of end products in its solicitation for procurement of commercial food products from commercial distributors, rather than conduct two separate solicitations. This policy memorandum also clarifies the requirements, and the parties responsible for ensuring compliance with requirements, in exercising such option.