While establishing your Farm
to School efforts is an exciting process, it is important to
have a thorough understanding of the requirements and policies
that are involved with purchasing local food items.
Understanding USDA procurement regulations and policy (as well
as any State and local requirements) will help you to ensure
that your local food purchases meet the requirements and, also,
provide an understanding of how to procure local food items that
best fit your needs at the lowest price.
To assist you in making sound purchasing decisions, below is a
list of important references related to USDA’s procurement
regulations and policies for the Child Nutrition Programs.
For more information on procurement see the
Procurement section of the USDA Farm to School Team 2010 Summary Report and visit our