USDA to Expand Local Food Purchase Assistance Program

As part of a funding package for food banks and school meal programs, USDA announced that it will provide nearly $500 million to expand the Local Food Purchase Assistance (LFPA) cooperative agreement program. LFPA supports states, territories, and tribes to purchase food from historically underserved producers, as well as local and regional producers, to support emergency food assistance efforts. An allocation of $471.5 million will be used for cooperative agreements with states, tribes, and territories to purchase locally available food grown within each state or within 400 miles of the delivery destination that will be distributed to meet the unique local needs of each community through emergency nutrition programs, including food banks, schools, and organizations that reach underserved communities.