Local Food for Schools Cooperative Agreement Program

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service is establishing the Local Food for Schools Cooperative Agreement Program (LFS).  With funding made available through USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation, USDA will help states deal with the challenges of supply chain disruptions brought on by the pandemic.  Through the LFS program, USDA will award up to $200 million to states for food assistance purchases of domestic local foods for distribution to schools. This program will strengthen the food system for schools by helping to build a fair, competitive, and resilient local food chain, and expand local and regional markets with an emphasis on purchasing from historically underserved producers and processors.

Eligible state governments can apply now at www.grants.gov   

All AMS grant and cooperative agreements include the AMS General Terms and Conditions as part of the Notice of Award and Grant Agreement.   More information is provided in the most recent version of the AMS General Terms and Conditions (pdf) under the Administrative and National Policy Requirements section.




For questions, email MRP.AMS.LFS@usda.gov