Contracting for Meal Service

Food Services Management Company

All Sponsors of the Child Nutrition Programs have the option of contracting with a Food Service Management Company (FSMC) to operate their food service. Typically, a FSMC will work onsite and be responsible for the operations of the Sponsor’s food service program, while the Sponsor maintains responsibility for the administrative requirements. FSMCs are most commonly utilized by Sponsors who have the facilities necessary to produce their own meals, but choose to outsource the operation of such facilities.

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Caterer

All Sponsors of the Child Nutrition Programs have the option of contracting with a Caterer to obtain meals. Typically, a Caterer will provide offsite food preparation and the delivery of unitized meals to the Sponsor. Caterers are most commonly utilized by Sponsors who do not have the facilities necessary to produce their own meals for the Child Nutrition Programs. A Caterer contract can be used for food service operations that are less than $50,000 and this includes all amendments.

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Inter-Agency Agreements

All Sponsors of the Child Nutrition Programs have the option of entering into an Inter-Agency Agreement. An Inter-Agency Agreement is generally between a School District and a Charter School, which allows the School District to sponsor or serve a Charter School with the following: National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Summer Food Service Program, and After School Care Snack Program. An Inter-Agency outlines the responsibilities of both Public Entities to ensure they are meeting all the Code of Federal Regulations around the Child Nutrition Programs.

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For more information please contact:

Aaron Thompson
Contracts Management Officer
Health and Nutrition Services
(602) 364-1965
Aaron.Thompson@azed.gov