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USDA Geographic Preference: What It Is and How To Use It (fact sheet)

USDA Food and Nutrition Service | 12-Jun-2014

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There are many ways for schools to buy local products for use in federal school meals programs (see USDA’s 10 Facts About Local Food in School Cafeterias). While using geographic preference is not the only option for local food procurement, it is a powerful tool and particularly useful in formal solicitations where respondents are ranked and scored.  This fact sheet summarizes geographic preference and provides examples of how to use it to purchase local foods.

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