In 2015, the South Carolina Purchasing Alliance incorporated to a 501(c)3 non-profit corporate status to protect the membership, as well as allow the organization to apply and receive funding from non-traditional sources.
The Alliance is unique in its structure. Members will submit their own bids. However, each bid is submitted at the same time with bid terms and conditions being identical except for conditions which are included in the bid document that may be required by a local procurement code. SCDE attorneys, Alliance member attorneys and state procurement officials have reviewed the document.
Membership in the corporation is open to those school food authorities and/or local educational agencies participate in the National School Lunch Program or other child nutrition program administered by the United States Department of Agriculture, have been in existence for at least one operating school year, and have a student enrollment of at least 250 at the time of application.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider
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