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State Procurement Threshold for Calendar Year 2014

Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin

Purpose: Policy, Beneficial Information

Date: April 2014

Number: SNP-11-2014

To: Public School Districts and County Offices of Education Participating in the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program

Attention: Food Service Directors, School Business Officials, Directors of Purchasing

Reference: California Public Contract Code, sections 20111(a) and 20111(d); California Department of Education Bid Threshold Adjustment Letter

Subject: State Procurement Threshold for Calendar Year 2014

This Management Bulletin (MB) notifies school district governing boards and county offices of education that the California state procurement threshold for 2014 is $84,100. The Bid Threshold Adjustment Letter can be viewed on the California Department of Education Correspondence Web page at (Note: the preceding Web address is no longer valid).

While federal regulations governing the school nutrition programs set the procurement threshold at $150,000, school district governing boards and county offices of education must use the procurement threshold set by the State of California.

All purchases funded from revenues generated by school food services are subject to competitive bidding including, but not limited to:

  • Equipment, materials, food, and supplies to be furnished, sold, or leased to the district
  • Perishable food items
  • Food service management and consulting services
  • Vended meal contracts
  • Repairs, including maintenance as defined in California Public Contract Code (PCC) Section 20115, that are not public projects as defined in PCC Section 22002(c)

The referenced PCC regulations are available through the California Legislative Information Web page at

Future Notifications

Beginning with the 2015 calendar year, the annual California bid threshold adjustments will be posted to the CDE Procurement Web page at

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding this MB, please contact your county’s School Food Service Contracts Specialist. You can download the County Specialist Caseload list from the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System Web site at, or you can contact Debbie Reeves, Office Technician, School Food Service Contracts Unit, by phone at 916-319-0636 or by e-mail at

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Friday, January 23, 2015

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