The original "NH Schools Buying Group" consisted of seven New Hampshire Districts; Derry, Portsmouth, Pinkerton Academy, Nashua, Salem, Keene and Concord. The first bid contained 32 line items, and was awarded in June, 1998. Everything was done with pencil and paper on a single page!
In 2000, we became The Buying Group of New Hampshire School Food Services and had grown to 11 districts. The bid was growing as well, and now contained nearly 100 items. Separate paper, ice cream and pizza bids were added. We
began to use technology as a means to distribute information to vendors, and the bids became fully electronic.
Now representing 50 districts and nearly 90,000 students, the New Hampshire Buying Group is one of the largest school purchasing groups in New England, accounting for over 50% of New Hampshire students.
We currently publish a 330 line grocery bid, a paper bid and an ice cream RFP. Bids are typically released to vendors in early spring for a mid-May opening.
We take great pride in our creativity and professionalism, and believe in creating mutually successful partnerships with our vendors.