Farm to School Local Food Purchasing Incentives: The Benefits of Local Food Purchasing Incentives


May 29, 2024 - Cassandra Bull and <>

As farm to school programs have evolved over the past several decades, Local Food Purchasing Incentives (LFPIs) have grown in interest and adoption in states across the country. LFPI programs provide additional funding to child nutrition program (CNP) operators to directly offset or incentivize local food purchases. 

The National Farm to School Network’s influential fact sheet, “The Benefits of Farm to School,” showcases program benefits to: Economic Development, Public Health, Education, Environment, and Equity and Community Engagement. 

This resource focuses on aggregating insights specific to the benefits of LFPI programs to date. 

Review the benefits of LFPIs identified to date in this resource.  

This document is part of a resource series on Local Food Purchasing Incentives (LFPIs), produced through collaboration between the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) and the National Farm to School Network. This project aims to contribute to the growing body of knowledge on LFPIs and provide more information for farm to school advocates and practitioners nationwide. 

Explore other resources in this series at To learn more about states that offer LFPI’s, check out 



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