FEMA Seeks Contractors to Provide Meals in Wake of Hurricane Maria

Will Begin Awarding Contracts ASAP

Washington, D.C., Sept. 19, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency, in a combined synopsis/solicitation released on Tuesday, September 19, announced plans to potentially award multiple commercial, firm fixed-price purchase orders, as needed, to contractors who can provide it with meals for people affected by Hurricane Maria. FEMA also made clear in the combined synopsis/solicitation that it will not accept:

  • Box cereal
  • Sandwiches
  • Portable kitchens (i.e., food trucks) on site providing cooked meals
  • Beverages/shakes
  • Any meals that need to be heated by microwave or external heat (i.e., boiled water)

The applicable North American Industry Classification Standard (NAICS) code is 311991. The small business size standard is 500 employees.

According to the synopsis/solicitation, FEMA will provide delivery, inspection, acceptance, and FOB destination point of contact information to awardee(s).

In case of inclement weather not permitting arrival of participants, FEMA reserves the right to make one adjustment to the period of performance with advance notice. It intends to base contract awards resulting on the contractor who submits the lowest price technically acceptable response, based on technical aspects and unit price.

Responses must include pictures of the meals, labels, and nutritional facts, and responses to the following questions:

  • Do meals provide a variety of nutrient dense foods that reflect the basic food groups?
  • Do meals/kits have at least a six-month shelf life upon delivery
  • Can contractor complete a spreadsheet with all trailer/truck numbers, license plates, and estimated time of arrival for each trailer/truck?
  • Can contractor track shipments and drivers?
  • Can contractor drop the trailer for a minimum of 30 days?
  • Can contractor palletize the order using industry standard size pallets?
  • Can contractor shrink wrap over all sides (excluding the top and bottom) with a minimum of ten layers of shrink wrap, to ensure the capability to double stack pallets without comprising the sturdiness of load and to prevent loads from having to be restacked prior to being issued to survivors or placed in the warehouse?

Responses also must include company name, company DUNS number, and point of contact information.

According to the synopsis/solicitation, simply submitting a capability statement does not constitute as a quote and will not be accepted.

Interested and capable contractors must submit the above information to Contracting Officer Monique Park at Monique.Park@fema.dhs.gov, fema-nrcc-caul@fema.dhs.gov, and fema-nrcc-cas@fema.dhs.gov.

According to the synopsis/solicitation, FEMA will review responses beginning at 7 p.m. EST on September 19, 2017, and then every six hours thereafter, until all requirements are fulfilled and/or the opportunity is cancelled.

Businesses interested in bidding on and receiving contracts from the government must be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM) database and have as part of the Registration all current Representations and Certifications.

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For contracting officers, the AFPDS gives them in one place access to a database of available contractors and also a place to post information about opportunities. Contracting officers get free access to AFPDS. We also provide interested contracting officers a list of contractors who may be able to provide a service and/or product that they need.

For more information, to get started with a SAM registration, to learn more about how US Federal Contractor Registration can help your business succeed, to find out how we can help you complete the processes necessary to become certified as one or more types of small business(es), and/or to speak with our federal training specialists about how to craft a memorable proposal, call 877-252-2700, ext. 1.


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