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Source Local Food

Source Local Food

View the Colorado Local Food Program Guidebook developed by Nourish Colorado for tools and resources to launch, implement and sustain farm to school programs. This resource guides child nutrition program sponsors through purchasing, preparing and promoting local products and includes resources to involve communities in farm to school and set up school gardening programs

Local Food Program 

The Local Food Program (LFP) Pilot has been extended for School Year 2024-25. The LFP offers eligible Child Nutrition Sponsors funding for the purchase of Colorado grown, raised, or processed products. The intent of this funding is to encourage local purchases and off-set the cost of Colorado grown, raised, processed, and value-added products. This is a competitive process and sponsors must apply for funding. All sponsors operating Healthy School Meals for All, as well as individual charter school sites, residential and facility schools, are eligible to apply. The amount of funding sponsors will receive is dependent upon the number of school lunches provided during school year 2023-24 multiplied by a minimum of $0.05, or a minimum of $1,000, whichever is greater. Approximately $500,000 is available for the 2024-25 school year. Sponsors are ineligible to participate in the pilot extension if more than 2,150,000 lunches are served in the 2023-24 school year.

Farm to School Program                                                                                      

Farm to School programs connect communities to healthy, fresh and local food by supporting local farmers and producers, providing nutrition and agricultural education and supporting schools in establishing school gardens and agricultural programs.

Producer Resources 

Toolkits and Manuals

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Find Local Products

Food Safety

Funding Opportunities