Procuring Local Foods for Child Nutrition Programs

  • On June 21, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s (FNS) Farm to School Program released the revised Procuring Local Foods for Child Nutrition Programs Guide, which provides an overview of federal procurement principles and covers topics related to sourcing and purchasing local foods, for State agencies and child nutrition program operators.
  • The guide highlights a variety of mechanisms schools can use to purchase local products while staying in accordance with federal procurement regulations.
  • The guide features examples of how to target local foods when conducting both formal and informal procurements, use the Geographic Preference option, and use the USDA Foods and DoD Fresh Programs to enhance local purchasing.
  • The guide has been updated to reference the most up-to-date local procurement regulations.
    • Memorandum SP20 CACFP07 SFSP06-2019 states that the federal micro-purchase threshold increased from $3,500 to $10,000 and the federal simplified acquisition threshold (formerly known as the federal small purchase threshold) increased from $150,000 to $250,000.
  • Local procurement not only supports increasing economic opportunities for local farmers, but also helps schools and other institutions incorporate wholesome local foods into program meals and encourage children to make healthy food choices.
  • To access the Procuring Local Foods for Child Nutrition Programs Guide along with other local procurement resources for child nutrition program operators, visit https://www.fns.usda.gov/cfs/procuring-local-foods.
  • For questions related to the Procuring Local Foods for Child Nutrition Programs Guide, feel free to reach out to FN.FarmtoSchool@usda.gov.
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