WASHINGTON, July 26, 2022 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) today announced it has signed a cooperative agreement with Pennsylvania under the Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program (LFPA). Through LFPA, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture seeks to purchase and distribute locally grown, produced, and processed food from underserved producers.
“USDA is excited to partner with Pennsylvania to promote economic opportunities for farmers and producers and to increase access to locally sourced, fresh, healthy, and nutritious food in underserved communities,” said USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Jenny Lester Moffitt. “The Local Food Purchase Cooperative Agreement Program will improve food and agricultural supply-chain resiliency and increase local food consumption around the country.”
The Pennsylvania Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program (PA-LFPA) will work with Pennsylvania’s local food system to procure top-graded, high-quality products for distribution through the charitable food system serving all 67 of Pennsylvania’s counties. PDA will distribute food products produced in-state with a goal of reaching at least 1 million low-income households by working with at least 40 farms, producers, and food companies, including at least 10 vendors which identify as underserved and at least 10 direct-to-agency delivery partnerships.
“This agreement will further our efforts to get healthy foods onto the tables of more Pennsylvanians in need,” Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said. “These dollars will expand the capacity of our continuing partnership with Feeding Pennsylvania and its 13 regional food banks to reach at least one million underserved households, who will sleep better knowing where their next meal will come from.”
The LFPA program is authorized by the American Rescue Plan to maintain and improve food and agricultural supply chain resiliency. Through this program, USDA will award up to $400 million through non-competitive cooperative agreements with state and tribal governments to support local, regional, and underserved producers through the purchase of food produced within the state or within 400 miles of delivery destination.
AMS looks forward to continuing to sign agreements under this innovative program that allows state and tribal governments to procure and distribute local and regional foods and beverages that are healthy, nutritious, and unique to their geographic area.
More information about the program is available on AMS’s Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program webpage.
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