USDA Agreements with States to Increase Local Foods in School Meals

USDA has signed cooperative agreements with several more states recently under the Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program. The program provides up to $900 million through non-competitive cooperative agreements to enable state, territory, and tribal governments to support local, regional, and underserved producers, and maintain or improve food and agricultural supply chain resiliency through the purchase of food produced within the state or within 400 miles of the delivery destination. The latest states to sign agreements were Utah, Massachusetts, Maryland, and New Hampshire.