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Minnesota gets $3.82 million to support local foods

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service on Sept. 7, 2022, announced it working with Minnesota under the Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program, or LFPA. Through LFPA, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture seeks to purchase and distribute locally grown, produced, and processed food from underserved producers.

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ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has been awarded $3.82 million in federal funds to create a program to help distribute local food among underserved communities.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service on Sept. 7 announced it working with Minnesota under the Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program, or LFPA. Through LFPA, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture seeks to purchase and distribute locally grown, produced, and processed food from underserved producers.

“The Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement is an exciting opportunity to increase the amount of local food purchased from socially disadvantaged and emerging farmers and to distribute that food to underserved families,” Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen said in a news release. “Minnesota agriculture is made stronger by our diverse farming community, and this funding will allow for community-based innovation in the design of food purchasing and distribution to support regional food collaboration and sustainable relationships.”

The local food program was included in the American Rescue Plan to improve food and agricultural supply chain resiliency. Through this program, USDA will award up to $400 million to support local, regional, and underserved producers through the purchase of food produced within the state or within 400 miles of the delivery destination.

More information is available on Agriculture Marketing Service’s Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program webpage.

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