Food Service Management Companies

A food service management company (FSMC) is a commercial enterprise or a non-profit organization that is or may be contracted with by a school district to manage any aspect of the school food service. The procurement of a contract with an FSMC can be a time-intensive process for child nutrition directors, superintendents, district purchasing officials, and the district’s legal counsel. There are resources available to assist in this process.

Registered Food Services Management Companies

Resources:

Managing Food Service Management Company Contracts in Child Nutrition Programs – Rules, Regulations, and Allowable Costs, August 2023

Meal Equivalency Rates for the 2023-2024 school year

Meal Calculator

Questions and Answers Training for School Food Authorities and Food Service Management Companies

FSMC Registered Companies 2024-2025 School Year

USDA Resources and Memos:

Contracting with Food Service Management Companies:  Guidance for School Food Authorities

Contracting with Food Service Management Companies:  Guidance for State Agencies

FD-080: Guidance in Crediting for, and Use of, Donated Foods in Contracts with Food Service Management Companies

SP-05-2011: Further Guidance in Crediting for, and Use of, Donated Foods in Contracts with Food Service Management Companies

SP-23-2013: Guidance Reaffirming the Requirement that SFAs Periodically review Food Service Management Company Cost Reimbursable Contracts and Contracts associated with USDA Foods

SP-13-2023: Best Practices for Contracting with Food Service Management Companies

For more information, please contact:

Nancy Dill, MS, RD, SNS
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Child Nutrition Unit
2020 W. 3rd Street, Suite 404
Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone: 501-324-9502
Email: nancy.dill@ade.arkansas.gov