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Formal Purchase Methods for CACFP and SFSP

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Formal Purchase Methods for Community Nutrition Programs online training.
Important Notice: CACFP Program Moved to CDSS

The Early Childhood Development Act of 2020 (Senate Bill (SB) 98, Chapter 24, Statutes of 2020) authorized the transfer of child care and development programs administered by the California Department of Education to the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) effective July 1, 2021. The content on this page may not be current and involves the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) that has moved to CDSS. Visit the CDSS CACFP web page External link opens in new window or tab. or call 1-833-559-2420 for more information.

Course Description

This online training is for CACFP and SFSP operators and reviews the requirements for the formal purchase methods, discusses the differences between an Invitation for Bid and a Request For Proposal (RFP) and identifies the components to include in a formal solicitation, including the scoring criteria for an RFP.

  • Course Number: 633
  • Training Length: 40 minutes
  • Certificate: None
  • Target Audience: CACFP and SFSP program operators
  • Mandatory: No
  • Cost: Free
  • Date Recorded: February 2017

Online Course

Referenced Resources

The following resources are referred to throughout this online course:


  • Crediting: 0.50 hours

  • Key Area: Operations (2000)
    • Training Topic: Purchasing (2430)
      • Learning Objective: Purchasing (2430)

For more information on crediting, access the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) web document Professional Standards Learning Objectives External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF).

Additional Information

Contact Us

If you have technical difficulties with accessing the course or any of the other links on this page, please contact Kayla Christensen, Community Nutrition Programs Administration Unit Office Technician by phone at 916-324-6153 or email at

Questions:   Kayla Christensen | | 916-324-6153
Last Reviewed: Thursday, June 10, 2021
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