Community Food Systems

FNS Policy

Last Published: 03/10/2014

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 Resources webpage.