Public institutions or organizations must follow the most restrictive of state, local, or federal procurement standards.
All SFAs must have their procurement guidelines in writing. SFAs must also maintain a written “standard of conduct” following 2 CFR 200.318(c)(1) and have written protest procedures in place to handle and resolve any disputes relating to their procurement processes.
All procurements in the School Nutrition Programs must be competitive and when made with non-profit school food service account funds must also meet all standards set forth in program regulations and applicable OMB Cost Circulars. Child Nutrition Programs are governed by the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) under 7 CFR Parts 210, 215, 220, 3016, and 3019 (as applicable).