Institutional food service operations (such as cafeterias in state and local government buildings, schools, universities, prisons, hospitals, or similar organizations) represent an economically important yet largely untapped market for many farms and ranches. More institutions are becoming interested in serving fresher, healthier food for its ability to support local food economies and revitalize rural communities. ATTRA has a variety of resources, publications, and podcasts to help you understand an institution’s needs, how to meet them, and how to build long-lasting relationships that engage community members in your agriculture operation.