Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has very strict procurement regulations for all aspects of purchasing of goods and services with Child Nutrition funds.  Procurement Reviews are required on a 3-year cycle for each SFA.


Procurement Review:

ADE Commissioner’s Memos:

  • FIN-20-044: Purchase Price Threshold for Bidding Commodities
  • CNU-20-027: Soliciting Bids for Processed USDA Donated Foods
  • CNU-20-015: Local Foods Guide and Adherence to the Buy American Requirements
  • CNU-20-001: State Agency (SA) Prior Approval Process for School Food Authority (SFA) Equipment Purchases
  • CNU-18-037: Procurement Policy Requirement for Child Nutrition Programs: Written Code of Conduct for Employees Involved in Procurement in Child Nutrition Programs 
  • CNU-18-009: Compliance with and Enforcement of the Buy American Provision in the Child Nutrition Programs 

USDA Policy Memos:

  • SP 32-2019; Buy American and the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018
  • SP 20-2019; Federal Micro-Purchase and Simplified Acquisition Thresholds for Procurement in the NSLP, CACFP, and SFSP Procurement Standards
  • SP 04-2018; Market Basket Analysis when Procuring Program Goods and Modifying Contracted-For Product Lists
  • SP 38-2017; Compliance with and Enforcement of the Buy American Provision in the NSLP (PDF)

Procurement Resources:


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