LFS Executive Summary – Colorado

The Colorado Department of Education School Nutrition Unit is requesting Local Food for Schools Cooperative Agreement Program funding to support Colorado's local food system by sub awarding funds for the purchase of local food for School Food Authorities participating in the National School Lunch Program across the state of Colorado. Participating school districts will use funds to purchase food that is grown, raised, produced, aggregated, stored, and distributed within Colorado or 400 miles from production to destination. The purpose of these funds is to strengthen the Colorado food system, support socially disadvantaged and small farmers, producers, ranchers, and business and to build greater economic opportunities by expanding and diversifying markets to include school districts in the state. School Districts will be reimbursed for qualifying purchases and students eating meals at school will benefit from higher quality nutritious meals.