THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234
Office of P-20 Education Policy
It has been brought to our attention that some schools may be applying for or participating in grant programs aimed at assisting schools with start-up and/or expansion, especially of the School Breakfast Program (SBP) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The foundations sponsoring the grants are associated with companies that provide goods and services to the school meal programs. Review of these grant programs revealed that at least some contain a mandatory purchasing component, requiring recipients to purchase and use a vendor's specified product for a stipulated amount of time.
This memorandum serves to remind school food authorities (SFAs) that they must comply with the requirements in 7 CFR 210.21, 220.16, and 225.17, as well as the requirements in 7 CFR 3016.36 and 3019.40-48 requiring that procurements are conducted in a competitive manner.
Due to the proprietary purchasing requirements imposed by these grant programs, an SFA would be unable to participate in the grant while adhering to all required program regulations, specifically those addressing procurement activities. SFAs that have already received such a grant must take immediate steps to either curtail the grant or to ensure that all purchases made as a result of the grant requirements come only from non-program funding sources. The SFA may not go forward with the grant purchasing requirements using nonprofit school foodservice account funds.
Please contact your representative at 518-473-8781 or firstname.lastname@example.org immediately if you have one or more schools participating in a grant program in which you must purchase a specific vendor's product.
Thank you for your immediate attention to this issue.