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Procurement Geographic Preference Q&As

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DATE: February 1, 2011
POLICY MEMO: SP_18 - 2011
SUBJECT: Procurement Geographic Preference Q&As
TO: Regional Directors
Special Nutrition Programs
All Regions
State Directors
Child Nutrition Programs
All Regions

In light of recent Farm to School efforts to connect schools with local or regional farmers and the need for guidance and technical assistance on the state and local levels, we have created Q&As to further explain the geographic preference option. The purpose of this memorandum is to provide Q&As on the application of the geographic preference option in procurement of unprocessed locally grown or locally raised agricultural products.

We encourage state agencies to share these Q&As with their counterparts at other state departments (e.g., Department of Agriculture or Department of Health) that are involved in Farm to School activities.

Cynthia Long
Child Nutrition Division


Page updated: February 27, 2023

The contents of this guidance document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.