Procuring Local Foods for Child Nutrition Programs

The Procuring Local Foods for Child Nutrition Programs training provides a basic overview of federal procurement principles and covers a host of topics related to sourcing and purchasing local foods. This training highlights the variety of mechanisms schools can use to purchase local products while staying in accordance with federal procurement regulations, and the many areas within a solicitation where schools can express their desire for local products. Participants will leave with a solid understanding of how to target local foods when conducting both formal and informal procurements, use the Geographic Preference option, and use the USDA Foods and DoD Fresh Programs to enhance local purchasing.
Audiences: State Agencies, School Nutrition Directors
Time Options: 4 hours, 8 hours, 12 Hours, 16 hours

*On October 30, 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service published the Memorandum SP20 CACFP07 SFSP06-2019 “Revised, Federal Micro-Purchase and Simplified Acquisition Thresholds”. This memorandum supersedes SP01 CACFP01 SFSP01-2013. The thresholds under federal financial assistance awards are increased as follows: the federal micro-purchase threshold increased from $3,500 to $10,000 and the federal simplified acquisition threshold (formerly known as the federal small purchase threshold) increased from $150,000 to $250,000. This guidance applies to all federal micro-purchase threshold and federal simplified acquisition threshold figures referenced throughout the following documents. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is in the process of updating these documents. For questions, please reach out to

See the USDA FNS Farm to School website for more resources and information.

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  • ICN requires at least 8-10 weeks’ advance notice before the training date to schedule and plan a training session.
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