The Buying Local Foods for Child Nutrition Programs training provides a basic overview of federal procurement principles and covers a host of topics related to sourcing and purchasing local foods. This training highlights the variety of mechanisms schools can use to purchase local products while staying in accordance with federal procurement regulations, and the many areas within a solicitation where schools can express their desire for local products. Participants will leave with a solid understanding of how to target local foods when conducting both formal and informal procurements, use the Geographic Preference option, and use the USDA Foods and DoD Fresh Programs to enhance local purchasing.
Audiences: State Agencies, School Nutrition Directors
Time Options: 4 hours, 8 hours, 12 Hours, 16 hours
See the USDA FNS Farm to School website for more resources and information.
Procuring Local Foods for Child Nutrition Programs - Facilitator's Guide
Published 2014. View or DownloadProcuring Local Foods for Child Nutrition Programs
PowerPoint presentation. Published 2014. View or DownloadProcuring Local Foods for Child Nutrition Programs
Local procurement guide from USDA covers procurement basics, defining local, where to find local products, and the variety of ways schools can purchase locally in accordance with regulations. This revision incorporates information about micro-purchases, buying local foods for child care and summer meal programs and more real-world examples. Check out the updated guide for sample solicitation language, detailed geographic preference examples and helpful resources.
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