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Farm to school is taking place in all 50 states, D.C. and U.S. Territories! Select a location from the list below to learn more or contact a Core Partner.
In April 2023, National Farm to School Network conducted a survey on state agency implementation of two important programs the USDA introduced in 2022: the Local Food for Schools (LFS) and Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement (LFPA). Combined, these programs provided over $1.1 billion to support local food system development and farm to school initiatives. We had previously informed the Network about these opportunities to assist states in applying for and utilizing these funds.
This policy brief provides more detailed information about the projects supported by these funds and the involvement of NFSN partners at the state level. Our objectives are to identify the main project models across the country, understand the challenges associated with these programs, and determine actions to support implementation and advocacy efforts.