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Aggregating, Processing and Distributing

Distribution is a key component of any local food system. Specifically, for small and mid-sized producers to remain profitable, they need an efficient yet economic means to transport inventory to customers. USDA has several resources that connect producers to consumer outlets.

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Aggregation:

General Local Food Distribution:

Farm to Institution:

  • USDA Farm to School Program - Provides resources to incorporate local foods into nutrition programs, including Federal nutrition programs and incorporating traditional foods into cultural meal plans.
  • USDA Commodity Procurement - Information about procuring local foods.

Local Meat Distribution:

Meat and Poultry: