Why do procurement regulations matter?

These regulations are important because it ensures taxpayers' funds are used properly, and that schools are receiving the best and most responsive product at the lowest possible price.

Where can I find the procurement regulations?

  • The Federal procurement requirements are published HERE.

How can schools use funds from the nonprofict school food service account?

  1. Purchase food, supplies, and equipment required for the school’s meal preparation and service;
  2. Purchase prepared meals from vendors or joint preparatory schools;
  3. If utilizing a food service management company (FSMCs), can pay the FSMC to operate their food service or carry out significant food service functions; and
  4. Pay for labor and other administrative and operational costs related to the food service.

Any funds from the nonprofit school food service account used to procure goods or services must be used according to:

  • The uniform government wide requirements found in 2 CFR 200, which implement program specific requirements found in the School Nutrition Program regulations (7 CFR Part 210, Part 215, and Part 220).

Procurements made by schools that are not in accordance with the government wide and program specific requirements cannot be paid for with nonprofit school food service account funds.


If you have more questions about School Nutrition Programs procurement, contact OPI School Nutrition Programs at 406.444.2501. 

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