Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
USDA Foods in Schools Ordering Schedule

USDA Foods in Schools ordering schedule for school year 2021. 

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0007
Revised Guidance for Use of Vendor/Private Staff in Call Centers: 2020 Update

Building on best practices to date and consistent with USDA’s efforts to improve customer service and increase state flexibility within the bounds of the law, while continuing to encourage states as laboratories of innovation, FNS is once again expanding allowable activities for states seeking to use vendor/private staff in call centers

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2019-0086
Federal Micro-Purchase and Simplified Acquisition Thresholds for Procurement in the NSLP, CACFP, and SFSP Procurement Standards

This memorandum supersedes SP20-2019, CACFP07-2019, and SFSP06-2019, published April 17, 2019, regarding the increase in the value of the micro-purchase and simplified acquisition thresholds.

SP20 CACFP07 SFSP06-2019 Revised
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2019-0061
Buy American and the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018

This memorandum addresses information in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 regarding the Buy American requirements in the national school meal programs.

SP32-2019
Resource | Guidance Documents | FNS-GD-2019-0024
Shipment and Receipt of USDA Foods

This instruction establishes the general standards and procedures that the state distributing agency, Indian Tribal Organization, or other consignee must follow in receiving shipments of USDA Foods, and conveys established responsibilities for other entities such as USDA Foods vendors and carriers.

FNS Instruction 709-5
Resource | Guidance Documents | FNS-GD-2017-0055
Vendor Management and Food Delivery Handbook

The WIC Vendor Management and Food Delivery Handbook was developed by FNS to serve as a resource manual for state and federal staff who operate and oversee the WIC Program. The handbook is a comprehensive summary of regulations, policy, and guidance related to WIC Vendor Management and Food Delivery. It does not replace or supersede federal regulations or policies that govern the WIC Program.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2015-0053
Local Agency Procurement Reviews: School Year 2015-2016

Program integrity is essential in all aspects of program administration and state agencies contribute to this by overseeing program operations. To this end, this memorandum provides guidance on state agency oversight of program operator procurement procedures while FNS is currently developing a Local Agency Procurement Review Tool to aid state agencies.

SP 04-2016, CACFP 04-2016, SFSP 04-2016
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0011
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.

FD-133
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2012-0013
Soliciting Bids from Commercial Distributors for End Products

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.

FD-119
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2010-0035
Further Clarification in Crediting for, and Use of, Donated Foods in Contracts with Food Service Management Companies

The attached memorandum is Food Distribution Policy Memo FD-110, which clarifies requirements in crediting for, and use of, USDA donated foods in contracts with food service management companies (FSMCs), and provides guidance to ensure compliance with such requirements in the first and final years of such contracts.

FD-110; SP05-2011