Webinar: Leveraging the USDA Local Food for Schools Program with State-Level Local Food Purchasing Incentives

September 22, 2023 2:00PM - 3:00PM

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Join the National Farm to School Network and MSU Center for Regional Food Systems on September 22 from 2-3pm ET (11-12pm PT) for a dynamic 60-minute public webinar to discuss the intersection of the USDA Local Food for Schools Cooperative Agreement Program (LFS) and State-Level Local Food Purchasing Incentives (LFPIs). This webinar will be divided into three sections, each featuring panelists representing states across the nation: 


Hear from:

How existing LFPIs supported the implementation of LFS and/or how LFS was used to expand existing LFPIs

  • Jaime Malnar
    Michigan Department of Education
  • Rick Sherman
    Oregon Department of Education

How LFS is being positioned by states as a pilot for permanent state-level LFPI investment

  • Monica Pacheco
    Connecticut Department of Education
  • Eliana Pinilla-Ryhal
    The Common Market (representing Illinois)

How some states reimagined LFPIs through unique LFS models, such as directly contracting with producers instead of schools

  • Erica Lamson
    Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Jessica Patrolia
    Rhode Island Department of Education

Explore as our panelists uncover innovative strategies, exchange success stories, and chart a course for navigating LFS and LFPIs in the future.

This webinar series is part of a collaborative project between the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems and the National Farm to School Network. Participants can expect more LFPI resources and additional webinar opportunities in 2023. 

Please contact Cassandra@farmtoschool.org with any questions.