Local Foods in the Child and Adult Care Food Program with Questions and Answers
This USDA memo consolidates federal guidelines for local procurement for CACFP and provides recommendations for alternative methods of local procurement for family child care providers.
Local Procurement Decision Tree
USDA released this resource offering a series of yes/no questions to help identify the appropriate procurement method to use when buying local. The tool also offers tips for how to source local items.
Institutions receiving USDA nutrition program funds can apply an optional geographic preference in the procurement of unprocessed locally grown or locally raised agricultural products. It is important to remember that while a geographic preference may be used to encourage the purchase of local products, all procurement must be conducted in a manner that allows for maximum free and open competition.
Please review USDA’s Geographic Preference Frequently Asked Questions- Part I
and Frequently Asked Questions- Part II
for additional information.
Procuring Local Foods for Child Nutrition Programs
This USDA-developed guide provides relevant information for following procurement guidelines for purchasing local food. There is a specific section of the guide dedicated to buying food for child care programs.
For a full list of USDA procurement resources, please go here
Local Procurement for Child Care Centers
This tool, developed by the National Farm to School Network, includes recommendations for alternative methods of local procurement for child care centers.
Local Procurement for Family Child Care Providers
This tool, developed by the National Farm to School Network, includes recommendations for alternative methods of local procurement family child care providers.