University of Wisconsin–Madison

Homegrown: Implementing State & Local Preferences for Food Procurement

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement, Food, Health
Government agencies often procure goods, including food, for use by employees, students, and community members. Generally, when a state or local agency purchases food, the agency uses a competitive process to find the supplier who can provide the lowest-priced goods. However, when government agencies give a competitive preference to locally grown food instead, government procurement can be used as a tool to improve American diets and benefit local food systems. This guide provides an overview of the factors affecting whether a state or local agency may specify a preference for procurement of locally produced food and agricultural products.

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