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Office of P-20 Education Policy
Child Nutrition Program Administration
89 Washington Avenue, Room 375 EBA, Albany, NY 12234
Phone: (518) 473-8781 Fax: (518) 473-0018

Summer Food Service Program Sponsors
Paula Tyner-Doyle, Coordinator
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Summer Food Service Program Standard Contract Threshold

In an effort to simplify requirements for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) , the SFSP standard contract threshold is now linked to the Federal small purchase threshold currently set at $150,000 (also known as the simplified acquisition thereshold)thereby creating more uniform procurement requirements for all Child Nutrition Programs.

The standard contract threshold sets a contract award amount that triggers additional procurement requirements. If a food service management company (FSMC) contract exceeds the newly established $150,000 threshold, the sponsor must use the New York State Education Department’s (SED) Invitation for Bid standard contract. Sponsors must apply this threshold to the aggregate value of FSMC contracts which include projected costs from multiple Child Nutrition Programs. For example, a sponsor that receives funds from the SFSP and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and contracts with a FSMC to procure meals for both programs must apply the standard contract threshold to the projected value of the contract. Public entities and organizations with exclusive year-around contracts are exempt for the standard contract requirement.

Sponsors with individual contracts that do not exceed the standard contract threshold may use their existing or usual form of contract provided it has been submitted to and approved by SED. Individual contracts that exceed $150,000 in aggregate value require use of SED’s Invitation for Bid standard contract and adherence to stricter bid opening and acceptance procedures as required by the SFSP regulations.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  1. mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:

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