Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Procuring Local Foods

The resources on this page will help ensure child nutrition program operators have the resources and knowledge necessary to incorporate local foods into their day-to-day operations. 

Resource | Guidance Documents | FNS-GD-2018-0032
Menu Planner

The Menu Planner for School Meals: School Year 2018-2019 (Menu Planner) is a comprehensive guide for local school nutrition professionals to assist them with developing healthy, safe, affordable, and appealing school meals and snacks that meet the meal pattern requirements.

Resource | Fact Sheets
USDA Foods: A Resource for Buying Local

USDA Foods has a dual mission of supporting domestic agriculture and providing healthy foods to schools. Offerings include a wide variety of high quality fruits, vegetables, dairy products, whole grains, lean meats, and other protein options. Using this fact sheet, USDA Foods: A Resource for Buying Local, learn how USDA Foods support the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the school meal pattern requirements to make it easier for schools to prepare healthy meals.

Resource | Webinars/Videos
Planning Toolkit - Finding and Buying Local Foods

In this third webinar, USDA Farm to School local food procurement guru, Christina Conell, breaks down the how-tos of finding and buying local food.

Resource | Fact Sheets
Procuring Local Foods for Child Nutrition Programs

Procuring Local Foods for Child Nutrition Programs covers procurement basics, defining local, where to find local products, and the variety of ways child nutrition program operators can purchase locally in accordance with regulations. Throughout the guide, examples illustrate the many mechanisms to procure local food.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2015-0015
Local Foods in the Child and Adult Care Food Program

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide guidance on the incorporation of local foods and agriculture-based curriculum in early childhood education and care settings, clarifies policies in the recently published FNS Instruction relevant to local food production and procurement, and includes questions and answers regarding procuring local food for use in the CACFP.

CACFP 11-2015
Resource | Webinars/Videos
Finding, Buying and Serving Local Food - Introduction to Procurement

In this webinar, the first of the series, Christina Conell and Maggie Gosselin from USDA's Food and Nutrition Service, covered basic procurement fundamentals relevant to the federal child nutrition programs. Topics include informal and formal procurement methods and maintaining competition.

Resource | Technical Assistance
Verifying On-Farm Food Safety

Verifying On-Farm Food Safety. Prior to purchasing produce from a local farm, school nutrition operators should visit the farm to observe key food safety practices and ask questions about produce handling.

Resource | Proposed Rule
Proposed Rule: Geographic Preference Option for the Procurement of Unprocessed Agricultural Products in Child Nutrition Programs

The purpose of this proposed rule is to incorporate this procurement option in the Programs' regulations and to define the term "unprocessed locally grown or locally raised agricultural products'' to ensure that both the intent of Congress in providing for such a procurement option is met and that any such definition will facilitate ease of implementation for institutions participating in the Child Nutrition Programs.