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Farm to School: Purchasing Local Food

Start here to get a thorough understanding of the requirements and policies that are involved with purchasing local food items.

USDA Procurement Regulations and Policy

DoD Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

Using DOD Fresh to Purchase Local ProduceUSDA — Schools can use their USDA Foods entitlement dollars to buy fresh produce; learn more about adding local fruits and vegetables.
Geographic Preference

Geographic Preference

Geographic Preference: What it is and how to use itUSDA — Read more about how school food service can use a geographic preference to buy local foods. For example, schools can put out a bid for apples within 100 miles of the school.

Geographic Preference Option for the Procurement of Unprocessed Agricultural Products in Child Nutrition ProgramsNational Farm to School Network — Summary of the final rule on geographic preference.

Procurement Geographic Preference Q & AUSDA — Memorandum released February 1, 2011. The purpose is to provide questions and answers on the application of the geographic preference option in procurement of unprocessed, locally grown or locally raised agricultural products.”

A School’s Guide to Purchasing Washington-Grown Food — Washington State Department of Agriculture — Ideas for using geographic preference to source local food for school meals.
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