Local Food for Schools Program
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The Local Food for Schools (LFS) program is a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and ODAFF. The LFS is authorized by the American Rescue Plan to maintain and improve food and agricultural supply chain resiliency.
Schools must participate in the National School Lunch Program to be eligible to apply. Each district will be eligible to apply for a reimbursement up to $5,000 until May 1, 2023. After that date, each district is eligible to apply for another $5,000 reimbursement as many times as they like as long as the previous funds have been spent and documented properly.
Qualifying Food Purchases
Food purchased must be unprocessed or minimally processed and be grown or raised within 400 miles of the school. Schools may choose local vendors off a list provided by ODAFF, or may purchase from a local vendor not on the list by submitting a request to ODAFF before purchasing. Schools should target producers who qualify as socially disadvantaged.