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CACFP Administrative Manual Section 7.1

CACFP Administrative Manual Section 7.1: Procurement.
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Section 7: Procurement

Section 7.1 Procurement

Procurement is defined as a multi step process for obtaining goods and services at the lowest possible price. The steps in this process include planning, writing specifications, advertising the procurement, awarding a contract, and managing the contract. Procurement standards for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) are located in Title 2, Code of Federal Regulations (2 CFR), sections 200.317–200.326 and in Appendix II to Part 200. At a minimum, the regulations require all CACFP agencies to:

  • Conduct procurements in a manner that promotes full and open competition.
  • Develop and maintain a written Standard (or Code) of Conduct that covers conflicts of interest, including organizational conflicts of interest, and governs the performance of employees engaged in the selection, award, and administration of contracts.
  • Develop and maintain written procurement procedures designed to avoid the acquisition of unnecessary or duplicative items.

The CDE Procurement in Child Nutrition Programs Web page contains several trainings and resources designed to help agencies maintain compliance with procurement standards. Please refer to these resources for information on informal and formal purchase methods, the procurement Code of Conduct, and procurement procedures.

References: 2 CFR, sections 200.318–326; 7 CFR, Section 226.22; MB CNP-01-2015 Written Codes of Conduct and Performance of Employees Engaged in the Procurement, Award, and Administration of Contracts

Questions:   Child and Adult Care Food Programs Branch | 800-952-5609, Option 3
Last Reviewed: Monday, June 28, 2021
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