Through the Local Food for Schools (LFS) Joint Agreement Program, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) will purchase and distribute local and regional food and beverage products to schools that will serve children through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program. These products will be healthy and unique to their geographic area, with the goal of improving children’s nutrition and building new relationships between schools and local farmers.
“This cooperative agreement supporting Michigan schools is another example of how USDA is working to build a more sustainable food system based on local and regional production,” said USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Jenny Lester Moffitt. “The Local Food for Schools Collaborative Program provides states with an opportunity to strengthen connections between local farmers, ranchers, food businesses and schools, and provides students with access to nutritious foods unique to the area in which they live, strengthening connections between local communities . »
“Strengthening relationships between local producers and schools is a long-term strategy to ensure that our children always have access to nutritious food at school, a win-win for children’s health and America’s agriculture,” said the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Affairs . Services by Stacey Dean. “Through this program and many others efforts to support school feeding programsUSDA is committed to giving schools the tools they need to prepare children to learn, grow and succeed.”
Using LFS funds, MDE will partner with the 816 School Food Authorities (SFAs) currently participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) to purchase locally grown fruits, vegetables, legumes, proteins, dairy products, legumes and grains. level and minimally processed. low-income farms and enterprises.
“Michigan is very excited and proud to be a USDA partner in the Local Food for Schools (LFS) cooperative agreement program,” said Michigan State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice. “This program ensures that our schools have access to a greater variety of Michigan-grown food to help address current supply chain challenges. Expanding school meal programs’ access to these quality, nutritious foods while supporting Michigan farmers and producers is a win-win for everyone, especially our students.”
LFS cooperative agreements will allow organizations to flexibly design food procurement programs and partnerships with farmers and ranchers that best suit their local needs, adapt to environmental and climatic conditions, take into account seasonal crops, improve supply chain sustainability and meet the needs of schools within their service area. In addition, the program will provide more opportunities to sell your products to previously underserved manufacturers and processors. Local Food Cooperative Agreement Program for Schools authorized by the Articles of Association of the Commodity Credit Corporation. AMS looks forward to continuing to sign agreements under this innovative program.
The Local Food for Schools cooperative agreement program is one of many ways USDA is supporting school meal programs this school year and transforming our food system over the long term.
For more information about USDA’s work to support school meal programs, visit the website USDA school nutrition support page.
For more information on the USDA’s efforts to transform our food system, visit Build Back Better page.
The USDA touches the lives of all Americans in many positive ways every day. In the Biden-Harris administration, the USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more sustainable local and regional food production, lowering costs for American families, creating fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy and nutritious food. food to all communities, creating new markets and income streams for farmers and producers using climate-smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy opportunities in rural America, and pursuing equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and creating a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.