Produce agreement may lead to more fresh food in your local food panty

Produce Agreement May Lead To More Fresh Food In Your Local Food Panty
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CRAWFORD COUNTY, Kan. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture last week announced its new Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program (LFPA).

The LFPA allows food banks to purchase and distribute locally grown food from underserved producers to Kansas residents.

“USDA is excited to partner with Kansas to promote economic opportunities for farmers and producers and to increase access to locally sourced, fresh, healthy, and nutritious food in underserved communities,” said Under Secretary Moffitt. “The Local Food Purchase Cooperative Agreement Program will improve food and agricultural supply-chain resiliency and increase local food consumption around the country.”

The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) will purchase and distribute $2.5 million worth of Kansas-grown foods to Kansans in underserved rural and urban communities across the state.

“Once the Kansas food bank gets the supply or the produce from the local farmers, they are going to share and fill up their local pantries,” said David Gillen, Director of the Beacon Food Pantry.

Kansas Food Bank Directors say they are waiting to see how the new agreement affects orders from local food banks.

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