Local Food for schools program

Bringing Florida Food to Florida Kids

As part of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Local Food for Schools Program (LFS), the Florida School Nutrition Association (FSNA) was awarded a $6.5 million cooperative agreement from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) to expand the farm to school program in 13 counties. In partnership with Florida based nonprofits Locally Grown, Florida Impact and No Kid Hungry, FSNA will  work with farmers and producers that have experienced racism and discrimination to bring more local food to school meals in  rural communities that have been historically underserved. These investments will enhance the school food supply chain providing opportunities for small, local farmers and producers to sell to schools and make school meals more local, more fresh and more delicious

Ways to Engage

Let’s Grow Together

Support

Your support will ensure that the future of school meals in Florida will include delicious local food as well as education and action opportunities for students to learn about food and farming.

Resources

Coming Soon!

Partner with Us

Are you a socially disadvantaged or small business producer in the state of Florida looking to sell food to schools?

Fill out the producer interest form and our team will reach out to see if you are a good fit.

Meet Our Community Navigators

Let's Work Together

Panhandle
Navigator

We are currently seeking a community navigator for the panhandle districts. Contact us if you are interested.

Districts

Liberty

Jefferson

Walton

Washington

North Central
Navigator
Districts

Columbia

Dixie

Gilchrist

Levy

Putnam

Union

South
Navigator

Kim Johnson (interim)

kjohnson@flimpact.org 

Districts

Desoto

Hardee

Palm Beach

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to participate in this Local Food for Schools (LFS) Cooperative Agreement Program and when will it end?
I operate a small farm, am I also considered to be a Socially Disadvantaged or Small Business Producer?
Which school districts are included in this program?
Panhandle North Central South
Jefferson Columbia DeSoto
Liberty Dixie Hardee
Walton Gilchrist Palm Beach
Washington Levy
Putnam
Levy
As a participating socially disadvantaged or small business producer, am I required to register as a Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Farm to School Vendor?
Is a contract or procurement agreement required to be a participating farmer or rancher?
Which school nutrition programs can participate in this Local Food for Schools Cooperative Agreement Program (LFS)?
What types of foods can be purchased under the Local Food for Schools Cooperative Agreement Program (LFS)?
My school district operates a community garden, are we able to participate and receive funding for staff and other expenses in this LFS Cooperative Agreement Program?

Still have questions? Send us a message.

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