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Nutrition and Wellness Programs


Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)


Contract and Competitive Bidding Process

The Invitation for Bid and Contract (IFB), used to procure vended meals for the Summer Food Service Program, must be used for all contracts and must be competitively bid if the contract will exceed $150,000. Materials were developed to assist program sponsors in procuring a contract and include required materials and instructions for completing the competitive bid process.

If the contract for meal services will not be in excess of $150,000 annually, you may use informal bidding procedures to procure the meal services contract. See link below.

A draft copy of the completed Invitation for Bid and Contract, the proposed menus, a list of intended vendors, and a cover letter to the intended vendors must be submitted by mid-April, to Amy Bianco at the Illinois State Board of Education, Nutrition Programs, 100 North First Street W-270, Springfield, Illinois 62777-0001 for approval. The Invitation for Bid and Contract package must be approved by ISBE before you can begin soliciting bids.

This year the bid materials may be downloaded from the website or you may contact Amy Bianco at 800-545-7892 or email your request to abianco@isbe.net to receive a copy of the bid materials.

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