Local Food for Little Eaters: A Purchasing Toolbox for the Child and Adult Care Food Program


June 8, 2017 - Author: Abby Harper,

Local food purchasing is one component of farm to early care and education (ECE), which also includes on-site gardens and food, nutrition, and agriculture education. This procurement toolbox is designed to help early childhood programs purchase local food. The tools included provide step-by-step instructions for purchasing from a variety of local food sources and provide highlights from successful early childhood local purchasing initiatives throughout the country. These tools can be used together as a set or individually depending upon program goals. Overviews of purchasing local food for early childhood programs and how federal Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) funding can support these efforts are also included.

This guide is authored by: 

  • Abby Harper, Farm to School Specialist, MSU Center for Regional Food Systems
  • Colleen Matts, Farm to Institution Specialist, MSU Center for Regional Food Systems



Tags: local food for little eaters, mfin, michigan farm to ece, michigan farm to school, mifarmtoece

Related Topic Areas

Michigan Farm to ECE, Michigan Farm to School, Food and Community Connections, Michigan Farm to Institution Network


Colleen Matts

Colleen Matts

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Center for Regional Food Systems

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