Farm to School Local Food Purchasing Incentives: What if States Funded Farmers to sell to Schools?


May 29, 2024 - Cassandra Bull and <>

State-level local food purchasing incentives (LFPIs) programs typically provide funding to schools to purchase local foods from local producers — but what if this narrative was flipped to create “farmer-focused” incentives? 

This resource considers alternative ways that policymakers can directly subsidize local farmers, food hubs, and other producers to increase their sales to K–12 schools and early care and educational (ECE) settings. 

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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