USDA Accepting State Applications for Local Food for Schools Cooperative Agreement Program
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service is establishing the Local Food for Schools Cooperative Agreement Program to help states deal with the challenges of supply chain disruptions brought on by the pandemic. Through the LFS program, USDA will award up to $200 million to states for food assistance purchases of domestic local foods for distribution to schools. This program will strengthen the food system for schools by helping to build a fair, competitive, and resilient local food chain, and expand local and regional markets with an emphasis on purchasing from historically underserved producers and processors. Local and regional farmers and ranchers are those within the state or 400 miles of delivery destination. State governments can apply for this funding until June 17, 2022. State governments may also partner with local organizations, including nonprofits, through these non-competitive cooperative agreements.