USDA has announced the release of a Request for Applications from states interested in participating in the Pilot Project for Procurement of Unprocessed Fruits and Vegetables authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Under the pilot, up to eight states across five regions will be granted flexibility in using a portion of their USDA Foods entitlement dollars to purchase locally grown unprocessed fruits and vegetables for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). The pilot project will provide State Distributing Agencies (SDAs) additional flexibility in the procurement of locally grown unprocessed fruits and vegetables by competitively soliciting a USDA-approved vendor using USDA Foods National School Lunch Program (NSLP) entitlement funds. The Food and Nutrition Service will conduct conference calls in August and September to answer questions and provide technical assistance with the application process to states that wish to apply. Interested SDAs must submit an application no later than September 30, 2014.
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