LFS Executive Summary – Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will use Local Food for Schools (LFS) funding to help Minnesota schools start and expand their procurement of local foods. Funds will be sub-awarded to schools through a competitive Farm to School grant program that will reimburse schools for local food purchases. Expected outcomes of this project include increased number of Minnesota schools engaging in local food procurement; increased amount of local food purchased by schools; and creation of new partnerships between schools and Minnesota food producers, specifically socially disadvantaged farms and small businesses. Evaluation of this project will support and inform ongoing programs and initiatives in Minnesota, including at the MDA, to expand Farm to School procurement, improve access to local food, and strengthen local and regional systems.