The USDA's Local Food for Schools Cooperative Agreement Program (LFS) is designed to help states deal with the challenges of supply chain disruptions brought on by the pandemic. The Arizona Department of Education is using LFS funds to launch a new campaign called Try it Local.
Through Try it Local, schools participating in National School Lunch Program can be reimbursed for purchasing locally produced food for school meal programs food from socially disadvantaged food producers and small businesses. The program allows both on the spot and advance purchases.
If you are interested in receiving one-on-one assistance or participating in the Arizona Department of Education's Try It Local, please complete this survey.
An ADE Health and Nutrition Services specialist will respond to your request promptly.