Food Service Management Companies (FSMC) that wish to contract for food services with any School Food Authority (SFA)/Local Education Agency (LEA) in Arkansas will be required to register with the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), Child Nutrition Unit (CNU), no later than 4:30 pm on April 15, 2009.
Only the Food Service Management Companies registered with ADE CNU by April 15, 2009, will be allowed to respond to the Request for Proposal (RFP) released by Local Education Agencies for the school year 2009-2010.
LEAs will be notified of the Official ADE List of Registered FSMCs at the time the LEA receives written approval by ADE CNU of the LEA completed Prototype Request for Proposal for FSMC Services. LEAs must secure in writing the approval of the completed RFP FSMC Prototype PRIOR to release for bidders responses.
In addition to the FSMC Vendor Registration Form, FSMC will submit the attached Certification of Debarment and Suspension Form (7CFR Part 3017.300), Lobbying Certification Form, and Disclosure of Lobbying Activities Form. Submission of the Certification of Debarment and Suspension Form for the registration process does NOT relieve the FSMC of its responsibility to submit a CURRENT Certification of Debarment and Suspension Form to each SFA/LEA as part of the LEA completed RFP document that is submitted for state agency approval by the LEA.