Resource | Report
Farmers' Markets Accepting SNAP Benefits Nationwide

SNAP Authorized Farmers' Markets as of August 4, 2019.

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Procuring Local Foods

From beef and bison in Montana to apples in Michigan and radishes in Rhode Island, local foods are on the menu. The resources on this page will help ensure child nutrition program operators have the resources and knowledge necessary to incorporate local foods into their day-to-day operations. While many of the resources featured here were developed with K-12 schools in mind, much of the information is equally relevant to early childcare facilities and summer feeding sites.

Resource | Fact Sheets
USDA Foods: A Resource for Buying Local

USDA Foods has a dual mission of supporting domestic agriculture and providing healthy foods to schools. Offerings include a wide variety of high quality fruits, vegetables, dairy products, whole grains, lean meats, and other protein options. Using this fact sheet, USDA Foods: A Resource for Buying Local, learn how USDA Foods support the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the school meal pattern requirements to make it easier for schools to prepare healthy meals.

Resource | Webinars/Videos
Planning Toolkit - Finding and Buying Local Foods
Resource | Fact Sheets
Procuring Local Foods for Child Nutrition Programs
Resource | Webinars/Videos
Finding, Buying and Serving Local Food - Introduction to Procurement

In this webinar, the first of the series, Christina Conell and Maggie Gosselin from USDA's Food and Nutrition Service, covered basic procurement fundamentals relevant to the Federal Child Nutrition Programs. Topics include informal and formal procurement methods and maintaining competition.

Resource | Technical Assistance
Verifying On-Farm Food Safety

Verifying On-Farm Food Safety. Prior to purchasing produce from a local farm, school nutrition operators should visit the farm to observe key food safety practices and ask questions about produce handling.

Resource | Proposed Rule
Proposed Rule: Geographic Preference Option for the Procurement of Unprocessed Agricultural Products in Child Nutrition Programs

The purpose of this proposed rule is to incorporate this procurement option in the Programs' regulations and to define the term "unprocessed locally grown or locally raised agricultural products'' to ensure that both the intent of Congress in providing for such a procurement option is met and that any such definition will facilitate ease of implementation for institutions participating in the Child Nutrition Programs.